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May 21, 2019

Trump Overall Job Approval Holds Steady

A total of 40% of Americans say they approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president and 56% say they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. In April, 39% approved and 57% disapproved.

When it comes to Trump's handling of the economy, 41% of Americans approve and 53% disapprove. In April, 41% approved and 53% disapproved.

Among Americans registered to vote, 40% approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president and 56% disapprove. On Trump's handling of the economy, 42% of registered voters approve and 53% disapprove.

Of the 40% saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 89% say the national economy is getting better, 70% say they expect the national economy to be better in a year, 57% say the financial situations in their households are getting better, and 64% say they expect the financial situations in their households will be better in a year.

Of the 56% saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, less than 1% say the national economy is getting better, 4% say they expect the national economy to be better in a year, 4% say the financial situations in their households are getting better, and 10% say they expect the financial situations in their households will be better in a year.

The results presented here are based on 1,100 completed interviews conducted among a nationwide random sample of adults May 17 through 20, 2019. 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, 40% of Americans say that they approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president, 56% disapprove, and 4% are undecided.

Trump job approval Approve Disapprove Undecided
May 2019 40% 56% 4%
Apr 2019 39% 57% 4%
Mar 2019 41% 55% 4%
Feb 2019 44% 53% 3%
Jan 2019 41% 54% 5%
Dec 2018 40% 57% 3%
Nov 2018 42% 55% 3%
Oct 2018 42% 55% 3%
Sep 2018 37% 59% 4%
Aug 2018 36% 59% 5%
Jul 2018 37% 57% 6%
Jun 2018 40% 54% 6%
May 2018 37% 58% 5%

Among Republicans (25% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 23% of all adults in the survey), 87% approve of the way Trump is handling his job and 12% disapprove. Among Democrats (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 32% of all adults in the survey), 8% approve and 88% disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job. Among independents (40% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 36% of all adults in the survey), 39% approve and 56% disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job as president.

Overall, 41% of Americans say that they approve of the way Donald Trump is handling the economy, 53% disapprove, and 6% are undecided. Among registered voters, 42% approve and 53% disapprove of the way Trump is handling the economy.

Trump handling the economy Approve Disapprove Undecided
May 2019 41% 53% 6%
Apr 2019 41% 53% 6%
Mar 2019 43% 52% 5%
Feb 2019 46% 50% 4%
Jan 2019 40% 55% 5%
Dec 2018 39% 57% 4%
Nov 2018 40% 54% 6%
Oct 2018 41% 54% 5%
Sep 2018 39% 55% 6%
Aug 2018 40% 55% 5%
Jul 2018 42% 52% 6%
Jun 2018 41% 52% 7%
May 2018 38% 57% 5%

Among Republicans, 87% approve of the way Trump is handling the economy and 12% disapprove. Among Democrats, 10% approve of the way Trump is handling the economy and 81 disapprove. Among independents, 41% approve and 54% disapprove of the way Trump is handling the economy.

A total of 36% of Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 23% say it is staying the same, and 38% say the national economy is getting worse.

National economy

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

May 2019 36% 23% 38% 3%
Apr 2019 35% 22% 39% 4%
Mar 2019 37% 20% 40% 3%
Feb 2019 40% 19% 39% 3%
Jan 2019 38% 21% 38% 3%
Dec 2018 39% 19% 40% 2%
Nov 2018 38% 21% 36% 5%
Oct 2018 39% 22% 35% 4%
Sep 2018 34% 29% 33% 4%
Aug 2018 34% 24% 36% 6%
Jul 2018 34% 29% 32% 5%
Jun 2018 37% 30% 28% 5%
May 2018 36% 30% 30% 4%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 89% say getting better, 8% say staying the same, and 3% say getting worse. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, less than 1% say getting better, 35% say staying the same, and 59% say getting worse.

A total of 30% of Americans say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, 28% say it will be the same, and 39% say it will be worse.

National economy a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than today

Undecided

May 2019 30% 28% 39% 3%
Apr 2019 30% 28% 39% 3%
Mar 2019 32% 25% 39% 4%
Feb 2019 34% 27% 34% 5%
Jan 2019 31% 25% 39% 5%
Dec 2018 32% 20% 42% 6%
Nov 2018 33% 22% 37% 8%
Oct 2018 33% 22% 37% 8%
Sep 2018 29% 26% 37% 8%
Aug 2018 33% 19% 40% 8%
Jul 2018 35% 24% 32% 9%
Jun 2018 38% 24% 31% 7%
May 2018 38% 25% 32% 5%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 70% say better, 25% say the same as today, and 3% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job as president, 4% say better, 31% say the same, and 61% say worse.

Overall, 17% 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 20% are undecided.

National economy in a recession Yes No Undecided
May 2019 17% 63% 20%
Apr 2019 17% 64% 19%
Mar 2019 17% 64% 19%
Feb 2019 17% 62% 21%
Jan 2019 16% 62% 22%
Dec 2018 15% 65% 20%
Nov 2018 18% 63% 19%
Oct 2018 16% 66% 18%
Sep 2018 15% 66% 19%
Aug 2018 17% 63% 20%
Jul 2018 16% 63% 21%
Jun 2018 14% 66% 20%
May 2018 11% 66% 23%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 4% say the national economy is in a recession, 89% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 7% are undecided. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 27% say the national economy is in a recession, 49% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 24% are undecided.

A total of 69% of Americans rate the national economy as excellent, very good, or good and 26% rate it as bad, very bad, or terrible.

National economy

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

May 2019 22% 17% 30% 19% 3% 4% 5%
Apr 2019 22% 16% 30% 20% 3% 4% 5%
Mar 2019 21% 17% 28% 19% 3% 5% 7%
Feb 2019 24% 17% 26% 20% 3% 5% 5%
Jan 2019 22% 17% 29% 19% 4% 5% 4%
Dec 2018 20% 20% 29% 19% 3% 6% 3%
Nov 2018 21% 14% 33% 20% 3% 5% 4%
Oct 2018 19% 15% 35% 21% 2% 4% 4%
Sep 2018 13% 16% 36% 23% 2% 3% 7%
Aug 2018 12% 17% 35% 24% 4% 4% 4%
Jul 2018 13% 16% 40% 20% 4% 4% 3%
Jun 2018 15% 20% 37% 18% 4% 3% 3%
May 2018 14% 19% 37% 21% 4% 2% 3%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 98% say very good, or good and 1% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 50% say very good, or good and 44% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

When it comes to rating their household financial situations, 80% of Americans give an excellent, very good, or good rating and 19% give a bad, very bad, or terrible rating.

Household financial situation

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

May 2019 14% 21% 45% 16% 2% 1% 1%
Apr 2019 13% 21% 44% 15% 3% 1% 3%
Mar 2019 14% 20% 44% 15% 4% 1% 2%
Feb 2019 13% 22% 41% 18% 3% 1% 2%
Jan 2019 13% 22% 39% 17% 4% 1% 4%
Dec 2018 11% 23% 41% 16% 2% 2% 5%
Nov 2018 11% 24% 40% 16% 2% 2% 4%
Oct 2018 11% 22% 43% 15% 2% 3% 4%
Sep 2018 10% 15% 49% 14% 2% 3% 7%
Aug 2018 11% 14% 50% 12% 6% 2% 5%
Jul 2018 9% 13% 52% 15% 7% 2% 2%
Jun 2018 11% 15% 49% 15% 6% 2% 2%
May 2018 10% 14% 51% 15% 6% 1% 3%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 96% say excellent, very good, or good and 4% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 68% say very good, or good and 30% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

A total of 25% of Americans say they think the financial situations in their households are getting better, 42% say staying the same, and 28% say getting worse.

Household financial situation

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

May 2019 25% 42% 28% 5%
Apr 2019 24% 41% 30% 5%
Mar 2019 26% 39% 30% 5%
Feb 2019 28% 34% 33% 5%
Jan 2019 24% 37% 35% 4%
Dec 2018 22% 40% 32% 6%
Nov 2018 21% 43% 29% 7%
Oct 2018 20% 48% 25% 7%
Sep 2018 18% 52% 23% 7%
Aug 2018 20% 52% 24% 4%
Jul 2018 20% 45% 31% 4%
Jun 2018 23% 44% 27% 6%
May 2018 21% 45% 28% 6%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 57% say getting better, 32% say staying the same, and 7% say getting worse. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 4% say getting better, 53% say staying the same, and 41% say getting worse.

Looking to a year from now, 32% of Americans say that they think their household financial situations will be better than today, 39% say the same as today, and 23% say worse than today.

Household financial situation a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than
today

Undecided

May 2019 32% 39% 23% 6%
Apr 2019 32% 38% 26% 4%
Mar 2019 33% 36% 25% 6%
Feb 2019 35% 32% 28% 5%
Jan 2019 31% 33% 31% 5%
Dec 2018 29% 31% 34% 6%
Nov 2018 30% 31% 30% 9%
Oct 2018 31% 31% 29% 9%
Sep 2018 23% 37% 30% 10%
Aug 2018 24% 42% 26% 8%
Jul 2018 26% 43% 27% 4%
Jun 2018 31% 40% 23% 6%
May 2018 29% 39% 26% 6%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 64% say better than today, 29% say the same as today, and 4% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 10% say better than today, 49% say the same as today, and 36% 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). There were 251 Republicans, 349 Democrats, 392 independents, and 108 non-voters in the sample.

Sample Dates: May 17-20, 2019

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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