Trump approval ties weekly low at 35 percent

WASHINGTON, D.C.
December 4, 2017 9:02pm
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•  Matches the lowest weekly average of his tenure so far

•  “It is difficult to determine a specific cause”


President Donald Trump's weekly job approval dropped to 35 percent for the week ending December 3, matching the lowest weekly average of his tenure so far, according to Gallup Inc.

“It is difficult to determine a specific cause for last week's slight decline,” Gallup says.

The week included the announcement that former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, the continuing focus on the Senate's attempt to agree on a tax reform bill, and Mr. Trump's retweeting of anti-Muslim videos originally posted by a right-wing politician in Britain.

Mr. Trump's weekly approval average fell to 35 percent twice previously -- for the week ending October 29 and the week ending August 27. The low point in late August was after his comments about both sides being at fault in the race-related violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In October, the weekly low occurred during a week when Mr. Trump disputed an account of a condolence call he made to the widow of a Special Forces soldier after the soldier was killed in Niger.

Republicans' approval of Mr. Trump has been at 78 percent in each of the three weeks he averaged 35 percent approval. These three 78 percent weekly readings are the lowest of Mr. Trump's term among his party, significantly below the average 83 percent weekly job approval among Republicans since Mr. Trump took office, according to Gallup’s polling.

Democrats' approval rating for Mr. Trump remains in the single digits, at 7 percent last week, while independents' approval is at 32 percent, Gallup says.

Mr. Trump's three-day average reached 33 percent for the three days ending Friday, December 1, tying for the lowest three-day reading of his term.

His overall average to date is 39 percent, and his weekly average has not been above 40 percent since May. Mr. Trump's highest weekly average was his first week in office, at 45 percent.

Survey methods

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted November 27-December 3, 2017, on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 3,552 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.

Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 70 percent cellphone respondents and 30 percent landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.


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