The latest news on President Donald Trump’s job approval rating is no news: The numbers who approve (41%) and disapprove (57%) remained unchanged over the week of October 5-11. His ratings also continue to exactly match the average of SurveyMonkey’s weekly tracking poll during August and September.
The percentage with strong opinions about the President’s performance in office also remains essentially unchanged over the past two weeks. Twice as many continue to strongly disapprove (45%) as strongly approve (21%), although the strong disapproval number was a point higher the previous week. This intensity gap in Trump’s ratings — with far more Americans strongly disapproving than strongly approving—has been a consistent characteristic of public opinion since the president’s inauguration.
Partisan polarization about the President has been another constant, with most Republicans approving and nearly all Democrats disapproving throughout his term. The President had experienced a modest “bump” in approval in mid-September that was most pronounced among independents who lean to neither party, but with Trump’s approval among these voters now at 32%, even that modest change since the summer has now completely faded.
Finally, even perceptions of the most pressing issue concerns remained stable over the past week. The numbers of Americans choosing the top three issues—jobs and the economy (23%), health care (23%) and past two weeks. While concerns about health care tend to rise at moments when efforts to repeal President Obama’s signature health care law, Obamacare, dominate the news, the economy and health care have been the top two issues throughout 2017.
Methodology: This SurveyMonkey Tracking poll was conducted online October 5 through October 11, 2017 among a national sample of 16,203 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.