Just over 300 days into Donald Trump’s presidency, his job approval rating remains mostly stable, with consistently fewer Americans approving than disapproving, although these latest readings nearly match or slightly exceed some of his most negative numbers to date.
This week, 39 percent of Americans approve of his performance as president – a slight decline from the 41 percent logged in SurveyMonkey’s tracking over the previous 4 weeks. However, Trump’s approval has varied between 39 and 41 percent in our tracking surveys for the past 10 weeks, and for all but two of the last 20 weeks, the exception being a brief blip up in mid-September.
The percentage who disapprove of Trump’s performance hit a new high of 60 percent this past week, up from a flat 57 percent for the three weeks prior. The previous high was 59 percent disapproval registered in late August and again for two weeks in mid-October.
By a better than two-to-one margin, more Americans strongly disapproved of the job Trump is doing as president (47 percent) than strongly approve (20 percent) over the past week.
This week’s 20 percent strong approval rating is the lowest since it dropped to 19 percent in late July. Trump’s strong disapproval has been slightly higher at 48 percent twice, once in late August and again in mid-October.
Trump’s approval rating varied little when tabulated by party identification, with 80 percent or more of Republicans approving his performance compared to low single digit approval from Democrats.
A slightly larger than usual Democratic edge on party identification helps explain why Trump’s overall numbers are slightly lower this past week. Self-identified Democrats outnumbered Republicans by a 6 point margin (32 to 26 percent). SurveyMonkey’s average gap during 2017 has been 4-points (31 Democrat to 27 percent Republican).
The top issues most important to Americans, as measured by SurveyMonkey tracking, have also remained remarkably stable in recent weeks. Mentions of jobs and the economy (25 percent) continue to slightly exceed mentions of health care (23 percent) for the fifth consecutive week as the issue that Americans say matters most. Those two issues have dominated the issue agenda all year.
This week’s full approval topline results and a detailed demographic breakdown can be viewed here. Full topline results for Nov. 16-22 can be viewed here. Results from previous weeks can be accessed here.
Methodology: This week’s SurveyMonkey Tracking poll testing President Trump’s approval rating was conducted online November 23 through November 29, 2017 among a national sample of 14,040 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.
The previous week’s tracking poll was was conducted online November 16 through November 22, 2017 among a national sample of 8,289 adults ages 18 and up. The modeled error estimate for this survey was plus or minus 2 percentage points.