Weekly political update – President Trump's ratings are polarized 

Weekly political update – President Trump's ratings are polarized 

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: 43% approval

This week’s update shows a contrast that’s about as big as it could be. During the course of the week President Trump posted his highest ever rating among likely voters, 53%, but overall saw an average of all of his polling drop a point (back to pre-Mueller Report averages). It’s been the case throughout his term thus far, that the more informed and engaged someone is politically – the more likely they are to approve of President Trump. That’s even more exaggerated this week. 

  • Adult only samples averaged: 40%                    
  • Registered voters: 42%                                              
  • Likely voters: 51%         

An eleven-point difference between your average man on the street reax vs likely voters is the largest gap to date. If he maintained 51% support with likely voters, he’d be the prohibitive favorite to win re-election. 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: 38% 
  • Schumer: 29%

What does that tell you about what’s really going on in this country? Pelosi is five points behind Trump and Schumer is 14 points behind the president in overall approval. Two sides to stories and one side to facts. Looking at the direction of the country this week...                              

Where we stood on Inauguration Day:      

  • Right Direction: 30%                                                                                                           


  • Right Direction: 38%                                             

We’re up another point this week and are 8% collectively more optimistic than we were during the Obama administration.

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