2 New Polls Show Trump’s Approval Slumping, Even as Americans Applaud Economy

September 10, 2018, 10:36 PM UTC

As economic and jobs growth continues to barrel ahead, two polls released Monday show the low esteem in which President Donald Trump appears to be held by a majority of Americans, even as respondents score the economy positively.

CNN’s monthly poll found a sharp drop off in approval ratings since the previous survey in August. But independent support took a cliff dive, with approval dropping from 47% to 31%. Independent voters’ view of Trump may play a key role in the coming midterm elections, with key races in the House, Senate, and for governorships in dead heats or with a spread of a few points.

Quinnipiac University also released its latest monthly poll today, showing less variance since it was last conducted a month ago. The university’s National Poll surveyed 1,038 voters during the same period as CNN, and saw 54% disapproval of how Trump handled his job, and 38% approval with +/-3.7% margin of error. A month previous, 54% of those surveyed disapproved and 41% approved. Among Republicans, Quinnipiac found 83% approve of Trump’s performance.

Of the total 1,003 adults surveyed by CNN’s polling partner SSRS from Sept. 6 to 9, 58% disapproved of the way Trump handles his job as president up from 53% in August, while 36% approve, a drop from 42% in August. The margin of error is +/-3.8%.

However, 82% of those who identified as Republican approve of the president’s job handling, and 68% of those who call themselves conservative gave a thumbs up.

Asked to rate economic conditions in America, 69% of CNN poll respondents said very good or good, while 70% of the Quinnipiac poll’s subjects said excellent or good.

Yesterday, Gallup released its regular weekly polling update, which placed Trump’s approval rating at nearly the same: 54% approve and 40% disapprove. Gallup polls 1,500 adults, and has an error rate of +/-3%. A month prior, the numbers were 56% and 39%.