As of mid-March, 44 percent of Americans approve of the way President Donald Trump is handling his job as President, and 54 percent disapprove, according to the latest SurveyMonkey tracking poll.
Although Trump’s overall approval rose two percentage points (from 42 percent) the previous week, and disapproval dropped by the same number (from 56 percent), the President’s rating has mostly varied within the range of 42 to 44 percent since late December. That deviation represents the inevitable random noise that is an inherent part of polling.
This week’s results mostly reversed two to three percentage point declines in overall approval among Republicans seen the previous week. The current sample is also very slightly less Democrat (30 percent) and more Republican (29 percent) than our average since late December (31 percent Democrat, 28 percent Republican).
The latest results also show a rebound to 24 percent in Trump’s strong approval rating, which had dipped from 24 to 22 percent the previous week.
As with overall approval, the dip seen last week was especially pronounced among Republicans. While the Trump’s strong approval numbers ticked up slightly among Republicans (+1) and independents who lean Republican (+2) this week, his strong approval rating with Republicans (56 percent) remains slightly lower than than in late January and early February (61 percent).
Meanwhile, results for the question “which of the following issues matters most to you right now” remain mostly steady, although mentions of the number one issue, “job and the economy,” rose another point (from 25 to 26 percent), while the percentage selecting “other” and typing in a specific answer clicked down from 11 to 10 percent.
The school shootings in Parkland, Florida on February 14 helped drive an upward bump in references to guns, gun control and school shootings – from near zero to 4 percent of all adults as of late February. This week, the number volunteering mentions of guns or gun control as the most pressing issue ticked down to 2 percent of all adults.
Methodology: This week’s SurveyMonkey Tracking poll testing President Trump’s approval rating was conducted online March 8 through 14, 2018 among a national sample of 18,255 adults. Respondents for this survey were selected from the nearly 3 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. Data for this week have been weighted for age, race, sex, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the United States. The modeled error estimate for this survey is plus or minus 1.0 percentage points. More details on SurveyMonkey's methodology are available here.