Weekly Political Recap – Where News And Perceptions Meet Reality

This is your weekly reality check. What's really going on with public opinion of the president and our view of the direction of the country? Here it is:

  • Trump's lowest rating: 37% approval (8/4/17)            
  • Trump highest approval rating: 46% approval (9/19/19)                   
  • Trump's current rating: 43% approval

What’s happening here is impressive for President Trump. I have read about what percentage of potential Trump supporters still pay any credence to the MSM and congressional Democrats, 3%. Why three percent? On September 19th, as Democrats were ramping up the latest faux impeachment crisis with the whistle-blower who wasn’t a witness to a crime that didn’t happen, President Trump was averaging 46% approval. Weeks later with the full-court press against him, he’s averaging 43%. Not only is President Trump’s approval rating off just three points since the start of this, but he’s also flat with last week including maintaining his highest rating with likely voters. Plus, his approval ratings are higher at this stage of his Presidency than President Obama’s.

It’s been the case throughout his term thus far, that the more informed and engaged someone is politically, the more likely they are to approve of President Trump. That remains the case once again this week. 

  • Adult only samples: 43%
  • Registered voters: 43%                                              
  • Likely voters: 47%         

What you never hear reported are the ratings of the Democratic leaders opposing him. Here’s the latest...  

  • Pelosi: 38% 
  • Schumer: 27%

Now, what is interesting is that Speaker Pelosi is up four points over two weeks ago, so it is safe to say that impeachment driven Democrats who weren’t happy with her previously seem to be warming to her inquiry but the fact remains that President Trump is still significantly more approved of than Speaker Pelosi. 

Looking at the direction of the country this week, as of today we're at 35% heading in the right direction. Overall, even in the midst of impeachment palooza, we’re 5% collectively more optimistic than we were during the Obama administration. 

Photo by: Getty Images

 

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