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: 43% approval and 52% disapproval: -9%       

President Trump’s net approval rating is a point higher this week – surprised? His net approval rating is also within one-point of his high for 2018 as we’re heading down the home stretch of it. That also continues to barely scratch the surface of what’s really going on here. 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: 42%                    
  • Registered voters: 43%                                          
  • Likely voters: 48%                                       

For comparison's sake his approval rating is two points below President Obama's average approval rating on this date in his second year in office but is 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%                                                                                       


  • Right Direction: 39%                                         
  • Wrong Track: 52%                                                          
  • Net: -13%          

Change: +16% under Trump & +2% over a week ago       

For the second week in a row we’re seeing a bump off of the steep declines in the wake of the midterm elections. Given the divided Congress it’ll be interested to see what the impact will be in 2019.  

Until next week...   

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