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Trump Disapproval Hits a New High

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Trump Disapproval Hits a New High

At 39 percent approval, President Donald Trump’s job rating remains at an all-time low in SurveyMonkey’s weekly polling, with interviews ending Thursday, August 3. Ticking higher by a single point to 59 percent, disapproval of the president’s job performance edges up to a record high.

Those with strongly held opinions have been lopsided in their disapproval throughout the first six months of Trump’s presidency, but the intensity gap is widening. This week, 47 percent strongly disapprove of the way the president is doing his job, matching the previous high from mid-May, while just 19 percent strongly approve, a fresh low.

Beyond this week, we’ve rolled up our now more than 300,000 interviews on Trump’s job ratings, and have two newly published analyses mining the data.

First, we find public perceptions of Trump changing – perhaps ‘evolving’ is a better word – only at a very slow rate. The president’s overall approval rating has declined through his first six months, sliding the most among moderate to liberal Republicans, with corresponding rising doubts about his ability to keep promises and get things done.

Second, do you often wonder why Trump job approval (and disapproval) numbers differ from different pollsters? We explore that here, and show why we think our approach yields more robust data about the president.

Changing topics, earlier this week (it was just this week!), we also captured favorability ratings for Anthony Scaramucci over a short, 5-day period (July 27th through July 31st), amounting to half of Scaramucci’s 10-day tenure in White House. On Monday, July 31, the day “The Mooch” was dismissed from his briefly-held Communications Director position, a tenure so short, many of those surveyed did not have enough time to form an impression. Almost half (47 percent overall) of our respondents “don’t know enough to say” when asked their impression of Scaramucci. Those who had formed an impression split a paltry 14 percent favorable, 40 percent unfavorable over the full period. Moreover, Scaramucci’s favorable rating was falling significantly during the field period of the study.

This week’s full approval topline results and a detailed demographic breakdown can be viewed here.

Results from previous weeks can be accessed here.

Methodology: This SurveyMonkey Tracking poll was conducted online July 28 through August 3, 2017 among a national sample of 12,173 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.

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