Weekly political update – Where news & perceptions meet reality

Weekly political update – Where news & perceptions meet reality

Bottom Line: This is your weekly reality check. What's really going on with public opinion of the president and our view of the direction of the country? Here it is...

  • Trump's lowest rating: 37% approval (8/4/17)            
  • Trump highest approval rating: 47% approval (12/6/19)                   
  • Trump's current rating: 46% approval

When last we met, three weeks ago, President Trump was on the brink of being impeached and sported and average approval rating of 44%. Three weeks later he’s been impeached, though Nancy Pelsoi has gone into hiding with the articles of impeachment. President Trump’s average approval rating has risen to 46% and is back to being within one-point of the highest mark of his presidency, which incidentally occurred just about a month ago. Anyone who questioned the impact of impeaching President Trump for a crime that was never committed, reported by a whistle blower who wasn’t a witness, should now be quite clear. It’s backfiring on Democrats. President Trump enters 2020 with essentially the highest average approval to date. It’s a recipe that historically bodes quite well for the incumbent president. In fact, consider this....

President Trump’s average approval rating trails President Obama’s by only a point on this same date. Among likely voters, Trump is two points above his predecessor.As usual, the more informed and engaged people are, the more likely they are to approve of President Trump. 

  • Adult only samples: N/A
  • Registered voters: 44%                                              
  • Likely voters: 48%         

What you never hear reported are the ratings of the Democratic leaders opposing him. Here’s the latest...  

  • Pelosi: 39% 
  • Schumer: 28%

It’s telling that both remain far less approved of than the impeached president. 

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

Where we stood on Inauguration Day:      

  • Right Direction: 30%                                                                                                           


  • Right Direction: 39%                                             

Overall, we enter 2020 with a record economy and 9% more optimism than in the aggregate of the Obama years.

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