New polls, same numbers: Trump job approval stuck near 40 percent

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an announcement on immigration reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 2, 2017.

Reuters

The percentage of Americans who think President Trump is doing a good job continues to clock in around 40 percent – the same level it's held at for several months – according to four new national surveys released this week. The latest Gallup numbers, released Wednesday, show the president with a 39 percent approval rating and a 57 percent disapproval rating.

In a CNBC survey released Wednesday, 38 percent of Americans said they approve of the president's job performance, while 52 percent said they disapprove.

42 percent of respondents in an Economist/YouGov poll also released Wednesday said they approve of the job Mr. Trump is doing, while 55 percent said they do not approve.

And on Tuesday, PBS and Marist College released their latest poll showing the president with a 39 percent approval rating, and a 54 percent disapproval rating, among registered voters nationwide.

For the sake of comparison, the latest CBS News poll, released late last month, showed President Trump with a 35 percent approval rating.

The president's lackluster approval ratings come despite a relatively optimistic view on the state of the American economy. Forty-three percent of Americans in the CNBC poll said they feel the economy is in "excellent" or "good" shape – a record high in the 10 year history of that particular survey. The public's assessment of the housing market, the stock market, and wage levels is similarly positive, according to CNBC's data.

Some recent issues and controversies could be dragging down the president's approval ratings. In the CBS poll, for example, only 38 percent of Americans said they approve of the president's recent remarks on the NFL, in which the president condemned football players who knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in the U.S. Forty-eight percent of Americans said they disapprove of Mr. Trump's handling of the situation.

And just 32 percent of respondents in the Economist survey said the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico, was adequate. 50 percent said the government could have done better. President Trump visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday, but he spent much of the previous week in a war of words with a Puerto Rican mayor who'd criticized the federal response.

The Economist/YouGov poll surveyed 1,500 adults nationwide from October 1-3, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent. The Gallup poll surveyed 1,500 adults nationwide from October 1-3, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent. CNBC's poll surveyed 800 adults nationwide from September 24-27, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. The PBS/Marist poll surveyed 1,105 adults nationwide from September 25-27, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent. The CBS poll surveyed 1,202 Americans from September 21-24, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.