Trump's approval and our view of the direction of the country
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 (1/27/17): +2%
Trump's current ratings: 44% approval and 53% disapproval: -9%
Teflon Trump's rating improved over the past week on back of the stellar growth and related economic information. As usual we see a disconnect between the news coverage, which according to the Media Research Center is 91% negative when covering President Trump, and what we actually think about the president's performance.
We also continue to see that in sampling the President continues to fair best with likely voters – +9with his approval with likely voters reaching two-month highs this week.
With adult only samples his rating over the past week averaged: 40%
Registered voters: 44%
Likely voters: 50%
For comparison's sake President Obama's average approval rating on this date in his second year in office was 45% - only one point higher than President Trump's rating but with likely voters – 43% which is seven – seven – points lower than Trump's.
Looking at the direction of the country this week...
Where we stood on Inauguration Day:
Right Direction: 30%
Wrong Track: 59%
Right Direction: 39%
Wrong Track: 53%
Change: +15% under Trump & +2% over last week
Also, likely benefitting from the news of the best economy in a generation this week as well...
Until next week...