What's the real political story? President Trump's ratings

What’s the real political story? President Trump's ratings and how they compare to Pelosi and Schumer  

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 (8/4/17)            
  • Trump highest approval ratings 45% approval (1/27/17):                    
  • Trump's current ratings: 40% approval

Another week and yet another one-point decline in President Trump’s approval rating. Without a doubt he did take a hit during the shutdown with his overall approval rating off four points from mid-December. Notably though, he’s still managing to hold the line at around 40% because of what has been rock solid support by his base. The question remains if his base holds. Many suspect that depends on what becomes of the wall. The State of The Union address next Tuesday is likely to be a huge make or break moment on what comes next in these negotiations. He’ll have the opportunity to meaningfully make the case for the next phase of the border wall. He’s likely to take it and he needs to make it connect in a way that puts him firmly in position to do what’s needed or risk alienating his base. As for how Americans really do feel though...

What you never hear reported are the ratings of the Democratic leaders opposing him. Let’s just say they’d need a huge push of support to simply catch President Trump’s approval ratings. Here’s the latest...  

  • Pelosi: 35% 
  • Schumer: 28%

What does that tell you about what’s really going on in this country? It’s just not what you get in the news media. 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.      

  • Adult only samples averaged: 38%                    
  • Registered voters: 40%                                              
  • Likely voters: 43%                                           

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

Where we stood on Inauguration Day:      

  • Right Direction: 30%                                                                                                            

Today:                  

  • Right Direction: 32%                                             

This is where we’re seeing the negativity wash through with the political noise of the day and ongoing standoff. Though, even in the mist of the longest government shutdown in US history, we're more optimistic than we were during the Obama administration. 

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