Trump approval: same as it ever was

Trump approval: same as it ever was

The latest data from SurveyMonkey’s tracking show President Donald Trump’s job approval rating largely unchanged over the past week, with the brief upward bump seen in mid-September now receding the rearview mirror.

Trump’s approval rating ticked up, from 40% to 41% over the past week, while the number that disapprove of his performance remained unchanged at 57%. After a brief two-week improvement, the President’s numbers have returned to the levels measured for most of the summer. In fact, this week’s rating exactly matches the average of SurveyMonkey’s weekly during August and September.

The percentage with strong opinions about the President’s performance in office remains essentially unchanged over the past week. Twice as many strongly disapprove (45%) as strongly approve (22%). The strongly disapprove number had been falling for about a month, but flared back up last week and has held steady since then.

Trump’s numbers by party identification also remain stubbornly consistent, with most Republicans approving and nearly all Democrats disapproving. Just over a third (34%) of independents who lean to neither party expressed approval for Trump over the past two weeks, a slightly higher level than during August, when his approval among this group averaged 31%.

Now that the Republicans’ latest effort to overhaul President Barack Obama’s signature health reform law has failed to gain the votes needed for passage, public concern about health care is starting to decline. After a bump up last week, the percentage choosing health care as the issue of greatest concern ticked down from 25% to 23%.

As noted in this space last week, concerns about health care have peaked at previous moments when efforts to repeal Obamacare dominated the news: The introduction and first unsuccessful vote on a Republican repeal bill in the U.S. House in March (24%), the passage of that bill in late April (26%), Senate debate and delay of an initial repeal vote in late June (30%) and their rejection of that bill in late July (30%).

This week’s full approval topline results and a detailed demographic breakdown can be viewed here. A housekeeping note: Starting today, we will publish weekly Trump approval updates on Thursdays rather than Fridays.

Results from previous weeks can be accessed here.

Methodology: This SurveyMonkey Tracking poll was conducted online September 29 through October 4, 2017 among a national sample of 15,120 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.