Tracking Trump - Direction of the Country 5-5-17:
Bottom Line: This Friday feature is designed for political junkies. For years, despite generally favorable approval ratings for President Obama, we'd collectively been unhappy with the overall direction of our country. In the early months of the Trump Presidency we're seeing a bit of a shift with a less popular President but a bit more optimistic country generally.
In this entry I'll be tracking the overall view of the direction of the country led by President Trump.
Here's where we stood on Inauguration Day:
- Right Direction: 30%
- Wrong Track: 59.1%
- Net Negative: -29.1%
Last week's ratings:
- Right Direction: 34.8%
- Wrong Track: 55.6%
- Net Negative: -20.8%
- Right Direction: 34.5%
- Wrong Track: 52.5%
- Net Negative: -18%
Change: +11.1% since Inauguration Day & +2.8% vs last week
We saw a significant snap back towards a more optimistic direction this week. With Congress back in session, movement on a bi-partisan budget and progress being made on healthcare reform - we noticed improvement on both the President's approval rating and with regard to the direction of the country.
This remains an extremely important window of time. With the budget bill resolved for now what's to come in the Senate with the GOP healthcare bill? Will tax reform get done? The natives are restless and want better policy out of Washington - not just the talk. You get the sense that Congressional Republicans and the President understand this. So will they get the job done?
Until next week...