Our View of The Direction of The Country

This is a weekly story to get a temperature check regarding what's really going on with public opinion of the President. First here are the high and low points and current ratings for President Trump.              

  • Trump's lowest ratings: 37% approval and 59% disapproval: -22% (8/4/17)           

  • Trump highest approval ratings 45% approval and 43% disapproval (1/27/17): +2%                          

  • Trump's current ratings: 43% approval and 53% disapproval: -10%   

The President Trump's average approval did take a dip this week by one point but that was largely driven by a Quinnipiac poll that appeared to an outlier at 38%. In other words, President Trump's approval rating continues to hold in a pretty steady pattern between 43%-45%. This remains the same for nearly the last two months. All polling was post-Helsinki and pre the EU trade deal which is also instructive as you're able to see how little the hysteria of the day in coverage impacts the average person's view of President Trump. 

Let's continue to see that in sampling the President continues to fair best with likely voters.  

  • With adult only samples his rating over the past week averaged: 42%        

  • Registered voters: 42%                          

  • Likely voters: 46%                       

For comparison's sake, President Obama's average approval rating on this date in his second year in office was 46%. That's three points higher than President Trump's rating but with likely voters, it's 45% which is one point lower.

Looking at the direction of the country this week.         

Where we stood on Inauguration Day:                                         

  • Right Direction: 30%                                            

  • Wrong Track: 59%                                            

  • Net: -29%                                       

Last Week:                                       

  • Right Direction: 39%                                        

  • Wrong Track: 54%                                           

  • Net: -15%                                  


  • Right Direction: 38%                                        

  • Wrong Track: 54%                                           

  • Net: -16%                                      

Change: +13% under Trump & -1% over the previous update.                  

Not much of a change this week. The one-point decline mirrored the drop with President Trump's approval rating.  

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