United States presidential approval rating

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Approval rating of President Trump as of May 2019. Trump's approval rating was highest in Alabama (at 61%), and lowest in the District of Columbia (at 17%), followed by Hawaii and Vermont (at 32% each).[1]
  Approval rating of 60–69%
  Approval rating of 50–59%
  Approval rating of 40–49%
  Approval rating of 30–39%
  Approval rating of 20–29%
  Approval rating of 10–19%

In the United States, presidential job approval ratings were introduced by George Gallup in the late 1930s (most likely 1937) to gauge public support for the President of the United States during his term. An approval rating is a percentage determined by a polling which indicates the percentage of respondents to an opinion poll who approve of a particular person or program. Typically, an approval rating is given to a politician based on responses to a poll in which a sample of people are asked whether they approve or disapprove of that particular political figure. A question might ask:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?[2]

Like most surveys that predict opinions, individual poll results may be inaccurate. Many unscientific approval rating systems exist that show inaccurate statistics. Examples that self select, such as online questions are of this type. However, the agreegate approval rating is generally accepted by statisticians, as a statistically valid indicator of the comparative changes in the popular United States mood regarding a President.

In contemporary politics, presidential job approval is highly partisan. Barack Obama in his last year as sitting president achieved a job approval of 70 to 90 among Democrats and 10 to 15 among Republicans,[3] while President Donald Trump in 2018 has a job approval of 80 to 90 among Republicans and 5 to 10 among Democrats.[2] Gallup polling has found that 46% of Americans are either "Democrats or Democratic leaners" while 39% are either "Republicans or Republican leaners".[4]

President Donald Trump[edit]

Most recent polls for President Donald Trump[5][6][7]

Polling group Date Approval Disapproval Unsure Net +/- Sample size[7] Population[7]
Rasmussen Reports[a][8] June 18–20, 2019 49% 49% 2% -0% ≈1,500 Likely voters
Ipsos/Reuters[9] June 17–18, 2019 41% 57% 2% -16% 1,027 All adults
Monmouth University[10] June 12–17, 2019 41% 50% 9% -9% 751 All adults
Gallup Poll[b][11] June 3–16, 2019 43% 55% 3% -12% 1,015 All adults
Suffolk University/USA Today[12] June 11–15, 2019 49% 48% 3% +1% 1,000 Registered voters
Fox News [c][13] June 9–12, 2019 45% 53% 3% -8% 1,001 Registered voters
NBC News/Wall Street Journal[d][14] June 8–11, 2019 44% 53% 3% -9% 1,000 All adults
Quinnipiac University[15] June 6–10, 2019 42% 53% 5% -11% 1,214 Registered voters
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist[16] May 31–June 4, 2019 41% 49% 10% -8% 944 All adults
Kaiser Family Foundation[e][17] May 30–June 4, 2019 43% 55% 2% -12% 1,206 All adults
CNN[f][18] May 28–31, 2019 43% 52% 5% -9% 1,006 All adults
CBS News [e][19] May 17–20, 2019 41% 52% 6% -11% 1,101 All adults
ABC News/Washington Post[g][20] April 22–25, 2019 39% 54% 6% -15% 1,001 All adults
Pew Research Center[h][21] March 20–25, 2019 40% 55% 5% -15% 1,503 All adults

Historical comparison[edit]

Historical Gallup Poll approval highs and lows for each President since 1937[22][23][24][i]

Order President Highest approval Lowest approval High –
Low
Highest disapproval Highest margin Lowest margin Final poll Approval
average[22]
Polls
per year
45[25][26][27][28] Trump 46 (04/30/19)[26] 35 (10/29/17, 12/01/17)[25] 11 62 (10/29/17, 10/30/17, 12/01/17) [25] 1 (01/24/17) [25] -29 (10/29/17, 12/01/17) [25] 39[27]
44[29][30] Obama 69 (01/24/09) 38 (09/05/14)[j] 31 57 (10/10/14) 56 (01/23-24/09) −18 (10/10/14) 59 (01/19/17) 47.9 48.4
43[31] G. W. Bush 90 (9/21/01) 25 (10/05/08, 10/12/08, 11/02/08) 65 71 (10/10/08) 83 (09/22/01) −46 (10/12/08) 34 (01/11/09) 49.4 33.7
42[32] Clinton 73 (12/19/98) 37 (06/06/93) 36 54 (09/07/94) 45 (12/17/00) −14 (09/07/94) 66 (01/14/01) 55.1 28.5
41[33] G. H. W. Bush 89 (02/28/91) 29 (08/02/92, 10/13/92) 60 60 (07/31/92) 82 (03/03/91) −30 (08/02/92, 10/13/92) 56 (01/11/93) 60.9 39.5
40[34] Reagan 71 (01/30/86) 35 (01/31/83) 36 56 (01/28/83) 52 (01/30/86) −21(01/31/83) 63 (12/29/88) 52.8 37.0
39[35] Carter 74 (03/15/77) 28 (06/26/79, 10/02/79) 46 59 (06/26/79) 66 (03/15/77) −31 (06/26/79) 34 (12/08/80) 45.5 22.7
38[36] Ford 70 (08/13/74) 36 (03/25/75) 34 46 (04/15/75, 11/18/75) 67 (08/13/74) −7 (02/25/75, 03/25/75, 04/15/75) 53 (12/13/76) 47.2 14.7
37[37] Nixon 66 (01/23/73) 24 (01/02/74) 42 66 (08/05/74) 57 (03/17/69) −42 (08/05/74) 24 (08/05/74) 49.1 17.7
36[38] Johnson 79 (03/05/64) 34 (08/12/68) 45 52 (08/12/68) 75 (12/10/63) −18 (08/12/68) 49 (01/06/69) 55.1 15.3
35[39] Kennedy 83 (03/05/62) 56 (09/10/63) 27 30 (09/12/63, 11/08/63) 78 (03/05/62) 27 (09/10/63) 58 (11/13/63) 70.1 13.7
34[40] Eisenhower 77 (11/22/55, 12/19/56) 47 (03/25/58) 30 36 (03/25/58) 66 (04/02/53, 12/19/56) 12 (03/25/58) 59 (12/13/60) 65.0 14.4
33[41] Truman 87 (08/22/45) 22 (11/16/51, 02/14/52) 65 67 (01/06/52) 85 (08/22/45) −43 (01/04/52) 32 (12/16/52) 45.4 8.4
32[42] F. D. Roosevelt 83 (01/08/42) 48 (08/18/39) 35 46 (05/22/38, 05/29/38, 11/07/38) 73 (01/23/42) 65 (12/15/43) 63

Graphs[edit]

Gallup Poll graphs of approval ratings for Presidents of the United States

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rolling 3-day average of 500 likely voters each day; no neutral/unsure choice.
  2. ^ Monthly averages.
  3. ^ Conducted by Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R).
  4. ^ Conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R).
  5. ^ a b Conducted by SSRS of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.
  6. ^ Conducted by SSRS.
  7. ^ Conducted by Langer Research Associates and Abt Associates of Rockville, MD.
  8. ^ Conducted by Abt Associates.
  9. ^ Only the results of Gallup polls are included as no other poll results exist for presidents before President Clinton.
  10. ^ Last of eight, sometimes overlapping, 3-day averages.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Presidential Approval Ratings – Donald Trump". Gallup. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Presidential Approval Ratings -- Barack Obama". Gallup. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
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  10. ^ "All The President's Trends". June 20, 2019.
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  12. ^ "Suffolk University/USA TODAY June 2019" (PDF). June 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "Fox News Poll". June 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey" (PDF). June 21, 2019.
  15. ^ "Top Dems Lead Trump In Head-To-Head Matchups, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Democratic Primary Race Narrows As Biden Goes Flat". June 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll of 944 National Adults" (PDF). June 7, 2019.
  17. ^ "KFF Health Tracking Poll – June 2019". June 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "CNN May 2019" (PDF). June 2, 2019.
  19. ^ "Americans Feel Good About the Economy and Give Trump Credit". May 22, 2019.
  20. ^ "Washington Post-ABC News poll, April 22-25, 2019" (PDF). April 30, 2019.
  21. ^ "MARCH 2019 POLITICAL SURVEY" (PDF). March 28, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Presidential Approval Ratings – Gallup Historical Statistics and Trends". Gallup. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  23. ^ Lydia Saad (March 29, 2017). "Trump's Approval Rating Unusually Low, Unusually Early". Gallup. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  24. ^ The American Presidency Project at UC Santa Barbara.
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  26. ^ a b "Trump Job Approval (Weekly)". Gallup. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
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  28. ^ Jeffrey M. Jones (April 24, 2018). "Trump's Fifth-Quarter Job Approval Up; Still Historically Low". Gallup.
  29. ^ Graphical display and numbers of Gallup "daily tracking" polls
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  32. ^ "Presidential Approval Ratings -- Bill Clinton". gallup.com. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  33. ^ "Presidential Job Approval for George H. W. Bush". American Presidency Project.
  34. ^ "Presidential Job Approval for Ronald Reagan". American Presidency Project.
  35. ^ "Presidential Job Approval for Jimmy Carter". American Presidency Project.
  36. ^ "Presidential Job Approval for Gerald Ford". American Presidency Project.
  37. ^ "Presidential Job Approval for Richard Nixon". American Presidency Project.
  38. ^ "Presidential Job Approval for Lyndon B. Johnson". American Presidency Project.
  39. ^ "Presidential Job Approval for John F. Kennedy". American Presidency Project.
  40. ^ Presidential Job Approval for "Dwight D. Eisenhower". American Presidency Project.
  41. ^ "Presidential Job Approval for Harry S. Truman". American Presidency Project.
  42. ^ "Presidential Job Approval for Franklin D. Roosevelt". American Presidency Project.

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