Survey Says More Americans Unhappy Under Trump Than Before
It has been almost a year since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election and, since then, more Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the country than before. Subsequently, President Trump’s image continues to take a hit.
According to Gallup polls, in October 2016, one month before Trump unexpectedly won the election, just 28% of American voters said they were satisfied with the current situation of the United States. Fast forward one year and an even smaller 21% of Americans say they are satisfied with the way the country is going.
While some might think that the lower satisfaction rating might have been unfavorably impacted by the shooting in Las Vegas (the survey was taken just a few days afterward), satisfaction was at only 25% in September, which is also lower than a year ago.
In addition to growing dissatisfaction, American voters have been taking a grim view of President Donald Trump. Just 40% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Trump, with a majority (53%) having an unfavorable one.
Trump’s favorable rating is actually higher than his job approval rating, which currently stands at 37%, and which has been in the mid-30% range since July. When he first entered the Oval Office in January 2017, Trump’s approval rating was at 45%.
Perhaps surprisingly, Trump’s favorable rating as president is better than it was during the election campaign. In October 2016, Trump’s favorable rating averaged 32%, and his unfavorable rating averaged 65%.
After winning the November election, Trump’s favorability increased to 42% and, by February 2017, the rating had climbed to 46%. The honeymoon didn’t last long though; just four months later, Trump’s favorability rating retreated to 40%, where it currently stands.
Trump’s waning popularity might have something to do with changes within his own party. Today, 38% of American voters identify themselves as either Republicans or Republican-leaning independents. A year ago, 41% did. The percentage of American voters who identify as Democratic and Democratic-leaning independents is the same as before, at 44%.
While the decrease in the percentage of those who identify as Republican is small, it might be enough to make a difference come the mid-term elections in 2018. That is unless, of course, Trump can polish his image. But Trump isn’t known for making concessions on any level.
“A Year After Election, Fewer Satisfied With State of U.S.,” Gallup, Inc., November 6, 2017.
“Gallup Daily: Trump Job Approval,” Gallup, Inc., last accessed November 6, 2017.