Despite a week in which former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, with potentially important ramifications for President Donald Trump, his job approval rating remained essentially unchanged.
According to the latest SurveyMonkey tracking, conducted between November 30 and December 6, 39 percent of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president and 58 percent disapprove.
The approval percentage is unchanged from the previous week. Trump's approval rating had been declining gradually throughout the first half of the year, but is now at the low end of a range (39 to 41 percent) between which it has varied for all but two weeks of SurveyMonkey tracking since late July.
Trump's 58 percent disapproval rating declined two points from a new high of 60 percent last week, but remains squarely in the middle of the range (55 to 60 percent) in which it has varied since late July.
The same lack of trend is evident in the share of Americans who strongly approve (21 percent) and strongly disapprove (47 percent) of Trump's performance. While the numbers vary slightly from week to week, the same two-to-one ratio by which intense disapproval exceeds intense approval has remained constant since July.
The lack of trend also remains evident when Trump's rating is tabulated by party identification. This week, 85 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of independents who lean Republican approve of Trump's performance, compared to 8 percent of Democrats and 4 percent of independents who lean Democratic. Each of these numbers either matches or is within a single percentage point of SurveyMonkey's average result for that subgroup since July.
Only independents who lean to neither party currently show a very slight drop; 30 percent approve of the way Trump is handling his job compared to 32 percent on average since July.
The overall issue priorities offered by Americans also remains stable. This week, 26 percent mention jobs and the economy as the issues that matter most, while 23 percent mention health care. Six other issues get mentions in or near single digits: terrorism (10 percent), education (9 percent), the environment (9 percent), immigration (8 percent) and foreign policy (5 percent).
Methodology: This week's SurveyMonkey Tracking poll testing President Trump's approval rating was conducted online November 30 through December 6, 2017 among a national sample of 16,149 adults. 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.