Polls: Trump's approval rating holding steady near 40 percent

President Trump walks from Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 27, 2017, after spending the weekend at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.


Despite a flurry of late-summer activity, from hurricane relief to violent clashes in Charlottesville to immigration policy changes to North Korean threats, President Trump's approval rating is holding fairly steady around 40 percent, according to a pair of new polls released Wednesday.

Thirty-seven percent of Americans say they approve of the president's job performance in a new Gallup poll, while 56 percent say they disapprove. And in an Economist/YouGov survey, the president's approval rating among registered voters stood at 42 percent, and his disapproval rating stood at 54 percent.

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For comparison's sake, in the latest CBS News poll, released early last month, 36 percent of Americans said they approve of Mr. Trump's job performance, while 58 percent disagreed.

In the Economist/YouGov poll, the president received relatively high marks for his response to Hurricane Harvey, which recently left a trail of destruction across Texas and Louisiana. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they approve, either strongly or somewhat, of Mr. Trump's response to Harvey. Only 29 percent said they disapprove.

Respondents were split more evenly in their evaluation of Mr. Trump's response to recent provocations from North Korea, which claimed last weekend that it successfully tested its first-ever hydrogen bomb and has conducted several missile tests in recent months. Thirty-nine percent said they approve of the president's handling of the situation, while 43 percent said they disapprove.

The Economist poll surveyed 1,500 Americans (1,309 of whom were registered voters) between September 3 and 5, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent. The Gallup poll surveyed 1,500 Americans between September 3 and 5, and it also has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.