Sep 10, 2018

Two polls put Trump's approval rating below 40%

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Two polls released Monday (from Quinnipiac University and CNN/SSRS) put President Trump's approval rating below 40%, despite Americans' satisfaction with strong economic growth.

Why it matters: Voters seem certain the U.S. economy is strong, but as the midterm elections approach, "a majority of voters either do not associate [the economy] with Trump, the Republican Party's leading figure, or disapprove of the president for other reasons," per CNBC. And while November is still weeks away, these figures should serve as a red flag to the administration.

Key findings:

Quinnipiac University poll:

  • Trump's approval dropped to 38%, down from 41% last month.
  • 70% of those surveyed said the economy is "good" or "excellent."
  • Respondents gave Trump the lowest rating for honesty since he entered office — 32%.
  • When asked if Trump is intelligent, 51% said yes, a new low.

CNN/SSRS poll:

  • Respondents rated Trump's approval at 36%, down from 42% last month.
  • The drop in approval ratings was the most significant among independent voters: 31%, down from 47%.
  • 32% say they see the president as honest and trustworthy — down six percentage points since March.
  • Only 36% said Trump "cares about people like you" — another new low.

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