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March 21, 2017

Trump Overall Job Approval Down to 41%

A total of 41% of Americans say they approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president and 54% say they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. In February, 43% approved and 51% disapproved.

When it comes to Trump's handling of the economy, 42% of Americans approve and 53% disapprove. In February, 43% approved and 50% disapproved.

Among Americans registered to vote, 41% approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president and 54% disapprove. On Trump's handling of the economy, 43% of registered voters approve and 53% disapprove.

The 41% of Americans saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job are more apt to say:

  • The national economy is getting better - 83% versus 18% among the 54% saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job.
  • The national economy will be better a year from now - 96% versus 1% among the 54% saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job.
  • Their personal financial situations will be better a year from now - 61% versus 1% among the 54% saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job.

The 54% of Americans saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job are more apt to rate:

  • The national economy as excellent, very good, or good - 74% versus 56% among the 41% saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job.
  • Their personal financial situations as excellent, very good, or good - 87% versus 78% among the 41% saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job.

The results presented here are based on 1,100 completed interviews conducted among a nationwide random sample of adults 18 years and older (see methodology for details). The interviews were completed March 17 through 20, 2017. The theoretical margin of error for the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.

Overall, 41% of Americans say that they approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president, 54% disapprove, and 5% are undecided.

Trump job approval Approve Disapprove Undecided
Mar 2017 41% 54% 5%
Feb 2017 43% 51% 6%
Barack Obama:
Jan 2017 54% 40% 6%
Dec 2016 53% 42% 5%
Nov 2016 53% 42% 5%
Oct 2016 52% 43% 5%
Sep 2016 48% 46% 6%
Aug 2016 46% 50% 4%
Jul 2016 48% 47% 5%
Jun 2016 48% 48% 4%
May 2016 46% 49% 5%
Apr 2016 48% 48% 4%
Mar 2016 47% 49% 4%

Among Republicans (30% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 27% of all adults in the survey), 81% approve of the way Trump is handling his job and 14% disapprove. Among Democrats (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 32% of all adults in the survey), 7% approve and 91% disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job. Among independents (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 31% of all adults in the survey), 42% approve and 50% disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job as president.

Overall, 42% of Americans say that they approve of the way Donald Trump is handling the economy, 53% disapprove, and 5% are undecided. Among registered voters, 43% approve and 53% disapprove of the way Trump is handling the economy.

Trump handling the economy Approve Disapprove Undecided
Mar 2017 42% 53% 5%
Feb 2017 43% 50% 7%
Barack Obama:
Jan 2017 49% 45% 6%
Dec 2016 50% 45% 5%
Nov 2016 50% 46% 4%
Oct 2016 50% 45% 5%
Sep 2016 47% 48% 5%
Aug 2016 47% 49% 4%
Jul 2016 50% 45% 5%
Jun 2016 48% 48% 4%
May 2016 45% 52% 3%
Apr 2016 46% 51% 3%
Mar 2016 47% 48% 5%

Among Republicans, 86% approve of the way Trump is handling the economy and 10% disapprove. Among Democrats, 7% approve of the way Trump is handling the economy and 90% disapprove. Among independents, 41% approve and 52% disapprove of the way Trump is handling the economy.

A total of 47% of Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 38% say it is staying the same, and 13% say the national economy is getting worse.

National economy

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Mar 2017 47% 38% 13% 2%
Feb 2017 31% 33% 34% 2%
Jan 2017 33% 35% 30% 2%
Dec 2016 33% 36% 30% 1%
Nov 2016 32% 34% 33% 1%
Oct 2016 34% 28% 37% 1%
Sep 2016 30% 28% 40% 2%
Aug 2016 32% 22% 46% 1%
Jul 2016 31% 30% 38% 1%
Jun 2016 30% 25% 40% 5%
May 2016 30% 22% 42% 6%
Apr 2016 35% 23% 36% 6%
Mar 2016 31% 25% 37% 7%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 83% say getting better, 13% say staying the same, and 1% say getting worse. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 18% say getting better, 60% say staying the same, and 20% say getting worse.

A total of 39% of Americans say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, 26% say it will be the same, and 32% say it will be worse.

National economy a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than today

Undecided

Mar 2017 39% 26% 32% 3%
Feb 2017 47% 20% 19% 14%
Jan 2017 41% 25% 18% 16%
Dec 2016 44% 22% 18% 16%
Nov 2016 42% 28% 16% 14%
Oct 2016 35% 37% 11% 17%
Sep 2016 37% 25% 18% 20%
Aug 2016 41% 19% 23% 17%
Jul 2016 43% 30% 17% 10%
Jun 2016 35% 29% 19% 17%
May 2016 26% 35% 34% 5%
Apr 2016 37% 34% 19% 10%
Mar 2016 33% 37% 26% 4%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 96% say better, 3% say the same as today, and and less than 1% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job as president, 1% say better, 38% say the same, and 60% say worse.

Overall, 11% of Americans say they believe that the national economy is in a recession, 63% say they do not believe the economy is in a recession, and 26% are undecided.

National economy in a recession Yes No Undecided
Mar 2017 11% 63% 26%
Feb 2017 23% 53% 24%
Jan 2017 20% 60% 20%
Dec 2016 18% 62% 20%
Nov 2016 22% 59% 19%
Oct 2016 22% 55% 23%
Sep 2016 25% 46% 29%
Aug 2016 30% 40% 30%
Jul 2016 25% 51% 24%
Jun 2016 22% 44% 34%
May 2016 26% 35% 39%
Apr 2016 28% 49% 23%
Mar 2016 29% 50% 21%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 17% say the national economy is in a recession, 61% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 22% are undecided. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 7% say the national economy is in a recession, 67% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 26% are undecided.

A total of 66% of Americans rate the national economy as excellent, very good, or good and 33% rate it as bad, very bad, or terrible.

National economy

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Mar 2017 9% 11% 46% 22% 4% 7% 1%
Feb 2017 4% 12% 37% 35% 4% 6% 2%
Jan 2017 10% 18% 39% 23% 4% 5% 1%
Dec 2016 10% 20% 34% 27% 3% 5% 1%
Nov 2016 12% 17% 35% 25% 3% 7% 1%
Oct 2016 14% 23% 28% 20% 6% 7% 2%
Sep 2016 7% 17% 34% 25% 5% 11% 1%
Aug 2016 5% 16% 31% 28% 5% 13% 2%
Jul 2016 3% 21% 38% 21% 8% 8% 1%
Jun 2016 5% 22% 36% 17% 8% 8% 4%
May 2016 7% 20% 26% 20% 11% 15% 2%
Apr 2016 8% 17% 27% 22% 13% 11% 2%
Mar 2016 8% 11% 28% 28% 13% 11% 1%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 56% say very good, or good and 43% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 74% say very good, or good and 25% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

When it comes to rating their household financial situations, 84% of Americans give an excellent, very good, or good rating and 14% give a bad, very bad, or terrible rating.

Household financial situation

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Mar 2017 5% 20% 59% 10% 2% 2% 2%
Feb 2017 3% 20% 40% 19% 6% 4% 8%
Jan 2017 9% 21% 38% 14% 6% 4% 8%
Dec 2016 10% 20% 36% 16% 5% 6% 7%
Nov 2016 8% 19% 41% 15% 5% 4% 8%
Oct 2016 11% 18% 38% 18% 5% 2% 8%
Sep 2016 8% 20% 40% 15% 4% 6% 7%
Aug 2016 9% 20% 43% 18% 6% 3% 1%
Jul 2016 12% 19% 42% 17% 7% 2% 1%
Jun 2016 18% 11% 41% 19% 9% 2% 3%
May 2016 13% 12% 39% 21% 11% 3% 1%
Apr 2016 12% 18% 36% 19% 6% 5% 4%
Mar 2016 11% 19% 33% 19% 7% 6% 5%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 78% say excellent, very good, or good and 19% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 87% say very good, or good and 12% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

A total of 5% of Americans say they think the financial situations in their households are getting better, 72% say staying the same, and 22% say getting worse.

Household financial situation

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Mar 2017 5% 72% 22% 1%
Feb 2017 10% 57% 31% 2%
Jan 2017 8% 63% 28% 1%
Dec 2016 8% 61% 27% 4%
Nov 2016 10% 58% 28% 4%
Oct 2016 14% 55% 29% 2%
Sep 2016 6% 62% 27% 5%
Aug 2016 7% 60% 24% 9%
Jul 2016 17% 60% 22% 1%
Jun 2016 19% 52% 25% 3%
May 2016 21% 48% 27% 4%
Apr 2016 17% 53% 24% 6%
Mar 2016 13% 52% 28% 7%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 13% say getting better, 70% say staying the same, and 16% say getting worse. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 1% say getting better, 78% say staying the same, and 20% say getting worse.

Looking to a year from now, 25% of Americans say that they think their household financial situations will be better than today, 40% say the same as today, and 34% say worse than today.

Household financial situation a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than
today

Undecided

Mar 2017 25% 40% 34% 1%
Feb 2017 41% 37% 17% 5%
Jan 2017 29% 47% 20% 4%
Dec 2016 31% 40% 24% 5%
Nov 2016 29% 44% 22% 5%
Oct 2016 26% 50% 20% 4%
Sep 2016 23% 43% 26% 8%
Aug 2016 25% 38% 27% 10%
Jul 2016 35% 47% 13% 5%
Jun 2016 26% 46% 16% 12%
May 2016 25% 40% 27% 8%
Apr 2016 28% 48% 17% 7%
Mar 2016 21% 52% 19% 8%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 61% say better than today, 30% say the same as today, and 8% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 1% say better than today, 47% say the same as today, and 52% say worse than today.


About this Survey -

Survey Sponsor: American Research Group, Inc.

The American Research Group has been conducting national surveys of consumers since 1985.

Sample Size: 1,100 completed interviews among a random sample of all adults age 18 and older living in households in the continental United States (see methodology for details).

Sample Dates: March 17-20, 2017

Margin of Error: 3 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.

Question Wording and Order:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the economy?

How do you rate the condition of the national economy these days - would you say it is excellent, very good, good, bad, very bad, or terrible?

Do you think the national economy is getting better, staying the same, or getting worse?

Would you say that the national economy is in a recession, or not?

A year from now, do you expect the national economy to be better than it is today, the same as it is today, or worse than it is today?

How do you rate the condition of the financial situation in your household - would you say it is excellent, very good, good, bad, very bad, or terrible?

Do you think the financial situation in your household is getting better, staying the same, or getting worse?

A year from now, do you expect the financial situation in your household to be better than it is today, the same as it is today, or worse than it is today?

 

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