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September 21, 2017

Trump Overall Job Approval Improves

A total of 35% of Americans say they approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president and 59% say they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. In August, 33% approved and 62% disapproved.

When it comes to Trump's handling of the economy, 37% of Americans approve and 57% disapprove. In August, 36% approved and 58% disapproved.

Among Americans registered to vote, 36% approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president and 59% disapprove. On Trump's handling of the economy, 37% of registered voters approve and 57% disapprove.

A total of 46% of Americans say they expect the national economy will be worse a year from now, down from 55% in August. Of the 59% of Americans saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job as president, 74% say they expect the national economy will be worse a year from now, which is down from 96% in August. Of the 36% of Americans saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 88% say they expect the national economy will be better a year from now, which is down from 94% in August.

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 September 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, 35% of Americans say that they approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president, 59% disapprove, and 5% are undecided.

Trump job approval Approve Disapprove Undecided
Sep 2017 35% 59% 6%
Aug 2017 33% 62% 5%
Jul 2017 35% 57% 8%
Jun 2017 37% 59% 4%
May 2017 39% 56% 5%
Apr 2017 39% 56% 5%
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%

Among Republicans (29% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 26% 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 31% of all adults in the survey), 8% approve and 86% disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job. Among independents (36% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 33% of all adults in the survey), 26% approve and 68% disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job as president.

Overall, 37% of Americans say that they approve of the way Donald Trump is handling the economy, 57% disapprove, and 6% are undecided. Among registered voters, 37% approve and 57% disapprove of the way Trump is handling the economy.

Trump handling the economy Approve Disapprove Undecided
Sep 2017 37% 57% 6%
Aug 2017 36% 58% 6%
Jul 2017 41% 53% 6%
Jun 2017 40% 55% 5%
May 2017 42% 54% 4%
Apr 2017 43% 53% 4%
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%

Among Republicans, 82% 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 84% disapprove. Among independents, 28% approve and 67% disapprove of the way Trump is handling the economy.

A total of 37% of Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 41% say it is staying the same, and 20% say the national economy is getting worse.

National economy

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Sep 2017 37% 41% 20% 2%
Aug 2017 35% 38% 23% 4%
Jul 2017 40% 34% 22% 4%
Jun 2017 37% 40% 16% 7%
May 2017 40% 40% 15% 5%
Apr 2017 43% 41% 14% 2%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 95% say getting better, 4 say staying the same, and less than 1% say getting worse. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 3% say getting better, 66% say staying the same, and 28% say getting worse.

A total of 41% of Americans say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, 9% say it will be the same, and 46% say it will be worse.

National economy a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than today

Undecided

Sep 2017 41% 9% 46% 4%
Aug 2017 38% 2% 55% 5%
Jul 2017 40% 12% 39% 9%
Jun 2017 37% 17% 37% 9%
May 2017 40% 19% 35% 6%
Apr 2017 42% 20% 36% 2%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 88% say better, 6% say the same as today, and 1% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job as president, 13% say better, 12% say the same, and 74% say worse.

Overall, 22% of Americans say they believe that the national economy is in a recession, 60% say they do not believe the economy is in a recession, and 18% are undecided.

National economy in a recession Yes No Undecided
Sep 2017 22% 60% 18%
Aug 2017 19% 71% 10%
Jul 2017 12% 81% 7%
Jun 2017 8% 80% 12%
May 2017 9% 76% 15%
Apr 2017 12% 70% 18%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 10% say the national economy is in a recession, 80% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 10% are undecided. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 31% say the national economy is in a recession, 50% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 19% are undecided.

A total of 71% of Americans rate the national economy as excellent, very good, or good and 23% rate it as bad, very bad, or terrible.

National economy

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Sep 2017 5% 19% 47% 18% 2% 3% 6%
Aug 2017 8% 16% 50% 12% 4% 4% 6%
Jul 2017 6% 21% 50% 12% 6% 4% 1%
Jun 2017 10% 25% 39% 18% 4% 3% 1%
May 2017 8% 21% 40% 22% 4% 4% 1%
Apr 2017 9% 18% 39% 29% 1% 2% 2%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 95% say 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, 56% say very good, or good and 34% 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 17% give a bad, very bad, or terrible rating.

Household financial situation

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Sep 2017 16% 18% 46% 9% 6% 2% 3%
Aug 2017 17% 20% 46% 9% 2% 4% 2%
Jul 2017 16% 26% 46% 7% 2% 1% 2%
Jun 2017 7% 31% 43% 13% 1% 2% 3%
May 2017 5% 31% 46% 11% 1% 2% 3%
Apr 2017 6% 25% 48% 16% 1% 1% 3%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 90% say excellent, very good, or good and 9% 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 23% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

A total of 23% of Americans say they think the financial situations in their households are getting better, 56% say staying the same, and 18% say getting worse.

Household financial situation

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Sep 2017 23% 56% 18% 3%
Aug 2017 24% 54% 20% 2%
Jul 2017 26% 55% 16% 3%
Jun 2017 17% 56% 24% 3%
May 2017 16% 56% 25% 3%
Apr 2017 13% 65% 20% 2%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 50% say getting better, 47% say staying the same, and 1% say getting worse. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 9% say getting better, 59% say staying the same, and 28% say getting worse.

Looking to a year from now, 30% of Americans say that they think their household financial situations will be better than today, 37% say the same as today, and 29% say worse than today.

Household financial situation a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than
today

Undecided

Sep 2017 30% 37% 29% 4%
Aug 2017 29% 38% 30% 3%
Jul 2017 33% 44% 19% 4%
Jun 2017 31% 36% 29% 4%
May 2017 29% 36% 31% 4%
Apr 2017 32% 36% 31% 1%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Trump is handling his job, 70% say better than today, 25% say the same as today, and 4% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job, 9% say better than today, 44 say the same as today, and 44% 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: September 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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