Trump's approval rating remains low, but views on economy rise

Last Updated Aug 8, 2017 7:04 AM EDT

By Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna and Anthony Salvanto

President Donald Trump's approval rating is unchanged from June and remains at 36 percent, while favorable views of the U.S. economy continue to soar to heights not seen in more than fifteen years. The president does get better marks on his handling of the economy than for other issues, but his overall approval remains where it is partly because Americans say they're evaluating him more on culture and values than on how they're faring financially, and partly because his ratings for other domestic issues are negative. 

trumps-job-rating.jpg
CBS News Poll

It is only those who are very confident about their own personal financial situation who give the president approving marks overall, and only half of Americans say the stock market's performance matters to them, personally, even as it reaches new highs.

The president gets his relatively highest marks on handling the economy, compared to other topics tested, and is up four points from June when it was net negative.

However, Americans say economics aren't the only measure of a president, and more say that they're evaluating Mr. Trump by whether or not he promotes the kind of culture and values they believe in, more so than whether or not he helps their economic situation. This is particularly true among those who disapprove of his job performance right now. 

The economy

Overall, positive assessments of the economy have climbed again, now reaching 69 percent, up five points from June, and comparable today to how Americans felt in 2001 and 2002.

views-of-the-economy.jpg
CBS News Poll

Looking at their own pocketbooks, one-third of Americans call themselves very confident in their own economic and financial situation, an increase from this time last year. Still, only those who say they are very confident approve of the president overall – those merely somewhat confident and those uneasy do not approve, suggesting that his overall ratings could be more tied to how Americans feel about their own prospects than to the economy overall.

trump-handling.jpg
CBS News Poll

While the stock market may be one indicator of how the economy is doing, only about half of Americans -- 49 percent -- say the market matters to them and their personal finances.

Meanwhile, the president's handling of other domestic policies like trade, immigration and health care all get net negative marks. Health care, in particular, gets high disapproval.

pres-trump-job-ratings.jpg
CBS News Poll

An economic item where the President gets net positive marks is on keeping jobs in the U.S., which more feel his policies are doing: 47 percent think they are keeping jobs here, while 42 percent think they are not.

So, many opinions – especially overall approval – are driven by partisanship, and the President's approval rating among Republicans is at 80 percent, up from the 72 percent who approved in June, and back around where it had been for most of his term so far, as more of them now approve of how he is handling the economy. But it's down a bit among the larger group of independents.


This poll was conducted by telephone August 3-6, 2017 among a random sample of 1,111 adults nationwide.  Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Glen Mills, PA.  Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. 

The poll employed a random digit dial methodology. For the landline sample, a respondent was randomly selected from all adults in the household. For the cell sample, interviews were conducted with the person who answered the phone. 

Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish using live interviewers. The data have been weighted to reflect U.S. Census figures on demographic variables. 

The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus four percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher and is available by request. The margin of error includes the effects of standard weighting procedures which enlarge sampling error slightly. 

This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

Poll toplines