Polling
Trump approval rating rises
Trump approval rating rises

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating rose to 45 percent over the past week, an increase of 3 percentage points and the highest level measured in SurveyMonkey’s tracking since late April. Meanwhile, his disapproval dropped two points to 53 percent.

The percentage who say they strongly approve of Trump’s performance held steady at 23 over the past week, while strong disapproval inched down to 40 percent, again returning to levels not seen in SurveyMonkey’s tracking since late April.

Trump’s rise this week results in part from a slightly less Democratic sample than usual. Over the past week, 29 percent of adults sampled nationwide identified as Democrats, 28 percent at Republicans. So far in 2017, SurveyMonkey’s tracking has averaged 31 percent Democrat and 27 percent Republican.

That said, Trump’s numbers ticked up over the past two weeks among Democrats (from 8 to 12 percent approve) and independents who lean to neither party (from 30 to 37 percent), so the recent improvement for Trump cannot be explained entirely by a higher response rate among Republicans.

Other tracking surveys have shown a modest upward trend in Trump’s approval ratings since August. SurveyMonkey’s approval and disapproval numbers tend to be slightly higher than the polling averages because our question format results in a smaller number of “no answer” responses.

This week’s full approval topline results and a detailed demographic breakdown can be viewed here.

Results from previous weeks can be accessed here.

Methodology: This SurveyMonkey Tracking poll was conducted online September 15 through September 21, 2017 among a national sample of 9,061 adults ages 18 and up. Respondents for this survey were selected from the nearly 3 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. Data for this week have been weighted for age, race, sex, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the United States. The modeled error estimate for this survey is plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.