Tracking Trump - The President's approval for August 4th:
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.
- Trump's current ratings: 36.8% approval and 58.6% disapprove: -21.8% (8/4/17)
- Trump highest approval ratings were an average 45.2% approval and 43% disapproval +2.2% (1/27/17)
- Trump's current ratings: 36.8% approval and 58.6% disapprove: -21.8%
The President's average approval rating has hit a new low for a third consecutive week and while his recent decline in approval hasn't exactly been a free fall, it's been close. President Trump's net approval rating is down another 4% this week. That's a really significant one week decline (the largest in a given week thus far). We're seeing meaningful frustration in the lack of movement on policy that matters to voters. It's notable that his "firewall" of support that seemed to sit at around 40% has broken. There isn't one current accredited poll that has the President at 40% or higher currently. While the President's approval rating on August 4th in a non-election year isn't meaningful to the electorate, it can be for the already fickle Republican Congressional Representatives that can't seem to do what they were elected to do and it also emboldens the "resistance" known as the Democrats in Congress to dig in deeper in opposition to everything.
I believe that the erosion of the Trump firewall in support stems from what I've articulated regarding the accountability I do think he had in the failure of healthcare. He's supposed to be the deal maker who wins. He certainly didn't demonstrate that ability with healthcare reform - which had been the issue that mattered most to voters. It's possible that General Kelly's seemingly stabilizing influence could help stem the tide of the President's losing streak politically. We'll know within the next couple of weeks.
The range was Economist/YouGov -16% to Quinnipiac -28%