Another week and President Donald Trump’s job approval rating remains essentially flat in SurveyMonkey’s nationwide tracking survey.
This week, 40 percent of Americans interviewed approve of the job Trump is doing as president (up a tick from 39 percent last week), while 58 percent disapprove (unchanged). At 40 percent, Trump’s overall approval matches the average in SurveyMonkey’s tracking since late July. Approval has ranged between 39 and 41 percent during that period, while disapproval has ranged mostly between 55 and 60 percent.
Once again, better than twice as many Americans strongly disapprove of Trump’s performance (47 percent) than strongly approve (21 percent), exactly the same numbers as the previous week and well within the range of result since the summer.
Attitudes about the President continue to polarize sharply along partisan lines, with better than 80 percent of Republicans approving compared to less than 10 percent of Democrats. This week, among independents who lean Republican ticked up slightly, from 82 to 86 percent, although that difference is likely just random noise.
The most important issues to Americans also continues to remain remarkably stable with concerns about jobs and the economy leading the list of those selected (26 percent), slightly ahead of health care (23 percent),with three issues at or near low double digits – terrorism (10 percent), education (10 percent), the environment (9 percent).
Methodology: This week’s SurveyMonkey Tracking poll testing President Trump’s approval rating was conducted online December 7 through December 13, 2017 among a national sample of 11,427 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.