Tracking Trump - The President's approval 5-26-17:
Bottom Line: This is one of two weekly tracking stories to get a reality/temperature check with regard to what's really going on with public opinion of the President. In this series we'll track the high point, low point and current ratings and week over week comparisons.
There's no way to make these numbers appear better than they actually are for Trump but there are rays of sunshine compared to where they were a week ago. His overall net approval rating has improved by 3.5% off of the low point we hit a week ago. The news cycle was about a bad for him last week as it could have been this side of something credible linking him to impropriety. So the question is if the President is simply bouncing off of his lows or if he's actually doing something people are happier with on his foreign trip. Any reasonably objective observer would notice that the President's trip has been a success (yes there are numerous attempts to suggest otherwise in various media outlets - I said reasonably objective) but if he's ever going to get back to positive approval it'll have to come from meaningful improvement closer to home.Trump became President for two primary reasons. We were fed up with politics and politicians as usual and a belief that he could get stuff done they didn't. That has to happen. This week the President's budget blueprint was presented which prioritized defense and growth initiatives. That's a nice start. The CBO graded the GOP healthcare plan demonstrating that it would save $119 billion and reduce premiums. Despite the noise out of the media screaming about the 23 million estimated who'd lose you subsidizing their healthcare plans for coverage they can't afford to use anyway - that'd be a win for the average family - even if it's still embracing the failed insurance first model. Importantly that savings would also help pave the path for tax reform which is something else the President must deliver on in order to win additional support.
Trump's lowest ratings: 40.3% approval and 55.3% disapprove: -15% (5/19/17)
Trump highest approval ratings were an average 45.2% approval and 43% disapproval +2.2% (1/27/17)
Trump's current ratings: 41.75% approval and 53.25% disapprove: -11.5%
So here's the question. Will last Friday mark the low point for the Trump Presidency as he completes a successful foreign trip? Or was the foreign trip a respite from a messy situation that doesn't benefit the average voter?
The variance between pollsters was 12 points this week. The range this week is Rasmussen -4% to Gallup -16%. Until next week...