Tracking Trump - Direction of the Country for March 9th

Tracking Trump - Direction of the Country for March 9th           

Bottom Line: For years, despite generally favorable approval ratings for President Obama, we'd collectively been unhappy with the overall direction of our country. In the first year of the Trump Presidency we saw the scenario reversed (with a more optimistic country but lower approval of President Trump).          

Where we stood on Inauguration Day:                       

  • Right Direction: 30%                          

  • Wrong Track: 59%                          

  • Net: -29%                     

Last Week:                     

  • Right Direction: 35%                      

  • Wrong Track: 56%                         

  • Net: -21%                

And Today:           

  • Right Direction: 35%                      

  • Wrong Track: 56%                         

  • Net: -21%                    

Change: +8% under Trump & Flat vs last week          

The dip in our optimism in the wake Parkland shooting persisted over the past week. Before the shooting we'd had the third highest optimism level over the previous ten years.     

On another note...For months in the weekly look at President Trump's approval rating I've broken out the difference in Trump's approval based on the level of political engagement. Simply put, the more engaged someone is the higher the President's approval rating. We're also seeing that show up in the direction of the country question. Consider...         

On the question of whether the country is heading in the right direction...        

  • With adult only samples: 31%        

  • With Registered voters: 34%        

  • With Likely voters: 40%        

Just as is the case with Presidential approval... The more engaged and informed one is the higher the overall level of optimism. 

 

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