CNN reports that a new poll conducted for them by SSRS indicates 57 percent of Americans feel the country is doing well- the highest proportion to say so since 2007, including every one of the eight years Barack Obama was in office. That figure is up since February when almost half of Americans said the country was doing well.
While President Trump’s overall approval-rating holds steady at 41 percent, his ratings on issues have climbed.
When asked “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the Economy?” 52 percent approved (up four points from 48 percent in March 2018), 42 percent disapproved, and 6 percent had no opinion.
“Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling Immigration?” earned 40 percent approval (up from 36 percent in February). The same question regarding Foreign Affairs also brought a four-point rise to 42 percent (from 39 in March).
When it comes to foreign trade, President Trump enjoys a 5-point approval jump to 43 percent (it was 38 in March)
It appears that the improvement in President Trump’s issues approvals may stem from increased positive ratings from Democrats. In the new poll, 40 percent of Democrats say things are going pretty well in the U.S., up from the 25 percent who said the same in February.
This upswing in the approval of the country’s direction may be a welcome sign for Republicans as midterm elections approach. The last two times the House of Representatives changed hands, Americans felt the country was in far worse shape than it is now. In June 2010, only 27 percent of Americans thought things were going well, and in 2006 just 46 percent felt that way.
In addition to the improvement of his numbers on specific issues, the president now receives more Americans’ approval on the way he is handling his relationship with his party members in Congress. For the question “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling [his relationship with] Republicans in Congress?” 39 percent of respondents approved (up from 35 percent in December 2017).
For the question worded, “As you may know, Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. Do you have more confidence in President Trump to deal with the major issues facing the country today, or more confidence in the Republicans in Congress to deal with those issues?”, Americans said they had more confidence in the Republicans in Congress (45 percent) than the president (33 percent). It should be noted that of the Republicans polled, 64 percent put their faith in the president with only 26 percent having more faith in their GOP representatives on Capitol Hill.
Those respondents who approved of the way President Trump is handling his job were asked, “Is your approval of Trump’s job so far driven more by the positions he takes on issues or more by his personality and leadership qualities?”
A resounding 71 percent said their approval was driven by the positions he takes on issues. 19 percent said it was more his personality and leadership qualities. 10 percent had no opinion.
When respondents who disapprove of the way the president handles his job were asked if that disapproval was driven more by the positions he takes on issues or more by his personality and leadership qualities, 54 percent said their disapproval was driven by his personality and leadership qualities. 37 percent said they disapproved of the positions he took on issues (9 percent had no opinion).
When questions turned to allegations that Trump had extramarital affairs before becoming president, 80 percent of respondents felt it was definitely/probably true, with 71 percent saying it was definitely/probably true that a payment made by the president’s personal lawyer to ‘an actress who starts in pornographic movies’ was to protect Donald Trump’s presidential campaign from harm.
The poll results, released on May 7 represent a study conducted by phone for CNN from May 2 to May 5, 2018 among a sampling of 1,015 respondents. There were 402 landline and 613 cell phone respondents, 29 percent of whom identified as Democrats, 24 percent identified as Republicans, with 47 percent identifying as Independents or members of another party.
~ Conservative Zone