President Trump's approval & our view of the direction of the country

President Trump's approval & 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 54% disapproval: -10%     

This is the first update I’ve done in three weeks and what’s really changed since the election? Not much. President Trump’s approval rating is essentially right where it was on Election Day, remaining near it the highest levels of his Presidency. Also, as has been the case throughout his term thus far, the more informed and engaged someone is politically – the more likely they are to approve of President Trump. 

  • With adult only samples his rating over the past week averaged: 41%                    
  • Registered voters: 45%                                        
  • Likely voters: 48%                                     

For comparison's sake his approval rating is the same as President Obama's average approval rating on this date in his second year in office and four points higher with likely voters.      

Looking at the direction of the country this week...                        

Where we stood on Inauguration Day:                                                       

  • Right Direction: 30%                                                          
  • Wrong Track: 59%                                                          
  • Net: -29%                                                                                     

Today:                        

  • Right Direction: 36%                                                  
  • Wrong Track: 53%                                                         
  • Net: -11%         

Change: +12% under Trump & -6% over three weeks ago             

Now, this one has changed quite a bit over the past few weeks. A six-point dip isn’t insignificant, but it’s also unclear what the catalyst might be. Maybe Democrats aren’t happy that Republicans gained in the Senate and maybe Republicans aren’t happy Democrats took control of the House? Hard to know at this point. More to come... 

Until next week...   

 

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