After falling to a new low in mid May, President Donald J. Trump’s approval rating recovered significantly following his first trip abroad ending last week. The People’s Pundit Daily (PPD Poll) Big Data Poll finds 46% of likely voters nationwide approve of the job President Trump is doing, while 47% disapprove. Those numbers have improved from 41% (+5) and 48% (-1), respectively.
“The good news for President Trump is that he improved among nearly all voting blocs, including a 7-point swing with key voters in the middle,” R. D. Baris, head of the PPD Poll said. “The bad news for the President is that constant negative media coverage has hardened the opposition.
Steve Bannon, the Chief Strategist in the White House, will head up President Trump’s Russia war room, comprised of legal “A-Team” street fighters and surrogates. The team’s mission will be to respond, rebut and refute the “constant negative media coverage” and legal issues arising from the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
“Respondents’ comments in the survey show a clear need for a new response team,” Mr. Baris added. “But at this point, opposition could prove difficult to reverse, at least with certain voters.”
Nationally, 56% of white likely voters approve of the job the President is doing, while the percentage (39%) who disapprove remained unchanged. That’s up from just 50% in the prior survey and down from his high of 64%, which was measured in January after Inauguration Day. His support among whites since January has averaged 58%.
Support for the job President Trump is doing gained marginally in each voting bloc except for Asians, which ticked down slightly from 29% to 27%. Hispanic voters, up to 32% from 30%, approve of President Trump slightly more this week, as do 8% of black voters.
The latter remains largely unchanged at 8%, up just 1 percentage point from 7%. Still, after making considerable gains for a Republican politician among black likely voters, the percentage approving of the job he is doing remains in single digits, down from an impressive 18% in March.
The People’s Pundit Daily (PPD Poll) Big Data Poll was recently featured in The Washington Times for conducting the most accurate state-level polling in 2016.
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The national poll was conducted from May 21 to May 28 and is based on 1502 interviews of likely voters participating in the PPD Internet Polling Panel. The Sunshine State Battleground Poll, a subsample of the PPD Battleground State Likely Voter Metrics, was collected in a separate state-wide sample.
The PPD Poll has a 95% confidence interval and is not weighted based on party affiliation (party ID), but rather demographics from the U.S. Census Current Population Survey–i.e. age, gender, race, income, education and region. Partisan affiliation is derived from a proprietary likely voter model and demographic weighting, not the other way around.
The sample identified a D/R/I partisan split of 36% Democrat, 33% Republican and 31% Independent/Other. Read about methodology here.