Trump's approval and our view of the direction of the country for June 15th
Bottom Line: This is a weekly story to get a reality/temperature check regarding what's really going on with public opinion of the President and our view of the direction of the country. First here's the high point, low point and current ratings for President Trump...
Trump's lowest ratings: 37% approval and 59% disapproval: -22% (8/4/17)
Trump highest approval ratings 45% approval and 43% disapproval +2% (1/27/17):
Trump's current ratings: 44% approval and 52% disapproval: -8%
A week removed from a dip in approval we see a solid snap back this week as President Trump's overall approval rating improved by three points and ties its second-best level within the past 13 months. For now, it appears that last week's polling that showed lower approval for the President, a less optimistic country and a better showing for Democrats on the generic ballot may have been an aberration rather than a trend. The economy and progress in North Korea seem to have made a difference this week. Also, as has been the case for at least ten months, the average polling doesn't tell the full story. The more likely someone is to vote, the higher the President's overall approval rating.
With adult only samples his rating over the past week averaged: 42%
Registered voters: 41%
Likely voters: 49%
Looking at the direction of the country this week...
Where we stood on Inauguration Day:
Right Direction: 30%
Wrong Track: 59%
Right Direction: 37%
Wrong Track: 54%
Right Direction: 39%
Wrong Track: 52%
Change: +16% under Trump & +4% over the previous update.
Just as was the case with the Presidential approval rating, we experienced a sharp snap back in optimism this week as well. It's a reminder that one week isn't a trend and it appears that last week's polling was an outlier. Until next week.