President Donald Trump’s job approval rating remained essentially unchanged during a rocky week that featured the biggest one-day drop ever in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the biggest percentage point decline in Dow stocks since 2010.
SurveyMonkey’s national tracking conducted over the first week in February finds 44 percent of Americans approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president. More than half (54 percent) disapprove, just a single percentage point lower than the previous week.
Trump’s overall approval has been slightly higher as of late compared to the latter half of 2017, which typically ranged between 39 and 41 percent in SurveyMonkey’s tracking.
That improvement owes mostly to better numbers among Republicans. This week, 89 percent of Republicans and 88 percent of independents who lean Republican approve of Trump’s performance, representing 4 to 6 percentage point gains from the average in each category from August through November.
Trump has also seen a recent uptick in strong approval, though far more Americans continue to strongly disapprove of his performance. This week, 26 percent say they strongly approve of the job Trump is doing, unchanged from the previous week, while 43 percent strongly disapprove.
Once again, Republicans are responsible for the improvement. More than half of Republicans (61 percent) and Republican leaning independents (53 percent) now say they strongly approve of the job Trump is doing. Trump’s numbers jumped up among Republicans in late December, as congressional Republicans passed their tax reform bill into law.
Despite this week’s gyrations in the stock market, the percentage of Americans who select “jobs and the economy” as the issue that matters most ticked up just a single percentage point over the past week (from 27 to 28 percent), matching levels seen as recently as late December. Immigration remains the third most mentioned issue (at 13 percent), just behind health care (21 percent) but slightly ahead of the environment (10 percent), education (9 percent), terrorism (6 percent) and foreign policy (3 percent).
Methodology: This week’s SurveyMonkey Tracking poll testing President Trump’s approval rating was conducted online February 1 through 7, 2018 among a national sample of 18,109 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 1.0 percentage points. More details on SurveyMonkey's methodology are available here.