Donald Trump Polls: President Maintains Average Approval Rating of 43.7 Percent

Donald Trump waves from Air Force One upon arrival at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, March 2, 2017. (Getty)

Donald Trump waves from Air Force One upon arrival at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, March 2, 2017. (Getty)

About 44 percent of Americans approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, while 50 percent do not approve, a series of new polls has shown.

On FiveThirtyEight’s newly-launched Trump approval rating tracker, the president holds an average approval rating of 43.7 percent, with an average disapproval rating of 49.9 percent. His approval rating is up slightly from last week, when the president’s average approval rating was 42.5 percent.

The latest poll from Rasmussen looks quite good for Trump, although Rasmussen is known to lean conservative. In a poll released on March 2nd, 52 percent of Americans said they approve of the job Donald Trump is doing, while 48 percent disapprove. Also, 39 percent of Americans said they strongly approve of Trump, while 36 percent said they strongly disapprove.

But on Gallup, 43 percent of Americans approve of the job Donald Trump is doing, while 51 percent disapprove. Trump’s Gallup disapproval rating is down compared to before his joint address to Congress, though, when 54 percent of Americans did not approve of the president.

Of all of the most recent Trump polls, the one that looks the worst for the president comes from YouGov/The Economist. In this poll, 41 percent of Americans said they approve of the job Trump is doing, while 51 percent disapprove. According to this poll, those who dislike Trump feel stronger about their position than those who like him do about theirs; 37 percent of Americans “strongly disapprove” of Trump, while 23 percent “strongly approve” of him.

When Americans were asked by YouGov if they approve of the way Trump is handling specific issues, they were most positive on the way he’s dealing with immigration and terrorism, with 42 percent of respondents say they approve of Trump’s actions on those issues. On the other hand, only 26 percent of voters said they approve of the way Trump is handling gay rights issues.

Finally, in the latest Reuters poll released on February 27th, 41.6 percent of Americans approve of Trump, while 44.8 percent disapprove. Another 5.6 percent said they have mixed feelings, 4.5 percent said they are leaning towards approving, and 3.5 percent said they are leaning towards disapproving.

Donald Trump over the past few weeks has maintained an unusually low approval rating for a new president. According to Gallup, in March 2001, 63 percent of Americans approved of George W. Bush; it took three years for Bush’s approval rating to dip below 50 percent. In March 2009, 62 percent of Americans approved of Barack Obama; it took 11 months for Obama’s approval rating to dip below 50 percent.


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