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Monmouth University Polling Institute

Trump Rating Hits Record Low

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Democrats have 15 point edge in generic House vote

West Long Branch, NJ  - Donald Trump's current job approval rating is the lowest registered in the Monmouth University Poll  since he took office, with the biggest drop coming from independent women. Most voters think that the president has not been successful at moving his agenda through Congress and feel his decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel will destabilize the Middle East. Monmouth's initial generic House ballot match-up for the 2018 election finds Democrats holding a 15 point advantage over Republicans.

Pres. Trump's current job rating stands at a net negative 32% approve and 56% disapprove. This marks his lowest rating in Monmouth's polling since taking office in January. Prior polls conducted over the course of the past year showed his approval rating ranging from 39% to 43% and his disapproval rating ranging from 46% to 53%.

The decline in Trump's job rating has come much more from women - currently 24% approve to 68% disapprove - than from men - currently 40% to 44%. In September, Trump had a 36%-55% rating among women and a 44%-42% rating among men.

The gender gap in the president's rating crosses party lines. Republican women (67%) are somewhat less likely than Republican men (78%) to give Trump a positive rating. These results are down by 9 points among GOP women since September and by 5 points among GOP men since the fall. The biggest drop has occurred among independent women - just 14% currently approve of Trump's job performance, which is down by 25 points since September. Among independent men, 31% approve of Trump, down 10 points. Democrats' ratings of Trump have held steady at just 8% approval among Democratic men and 7% among Democratic women.

"This result is not good for the president, especially coming off the loss of his endorsed candidate in the Alabama Senate race. Republicans have to be worried about being dragged down by the weight of Trump's negatives in 2018 if this trend continues," said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

In a look ahead to 2018, Democrats currently hold a 15 point advantage on the generic Congress ballot. If the election for House of Representatives were held today, a majority (51%) of registered voters say they would vote for or lean toward voting for the Democratic candidate in their district compared to 36% who would support the Republican.

In counties that Trump won by at least 10 points in 2016, voters prefer Republicans for the House by a relatively small 48% to 41% margin. Democrats, not surprisingly, are in the driver's seat in counties that Hillary Clinton won by at least 10 points, with a 65% to 23% advantage. Democrats have a slight 43% to 40% edge over Republicans on the generic House ballot in "swing" counties where the 2016 presidential margin of victory was less than 10 points.

Other poll results show that only 24% of Americans feel the country is going in the right direction while 66% say it is headed down the wrong track. Public opinion of the U.S. Congress continues to lag behind the president at 16% approve and 65% disapprove. Just over 4-in-10 (42%) feel that Trump has been at least somewhat successful in getting Congress to pass his legislative agenda, while a majority (53%) say he has not been successful. This result is slightly better than the 36% successful and 59% not successful opinion recorded in September.

In the foreign policy arena, the president's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is not all that popular with the American public. Just 23% say it is a good idea compared to 39% who say it is a bad idea, with 38% registering no opinion. A majority (51%) think the move will destabilize the Middle East region. Just 10% say relocating the embassy to Jerusalem will make the region more stable and 28% say it will have no effect on the region's stability.

"Donald Trump has not been making many moves designed to build confidence with the American public," said Murray.

The Monmouth University Poll  also finds widespread agreement that sexual harassment is a serious problem in American society today, including 59% who say this problem is very serious and 26% who say it is somewhat serious. Most Americans (71%) say that sexual harassment is no more likely to happen in government and politics than it is in other types of workplaces, although 20% feel it is more likely to happen in the political world compared to 6% who say it is more likely to happen in other workplaces.

Most Americans feel that news reports about sexual misconduct by officeholders from both the Republican (55%) and Democratic (56%) parties have been generally accurate. About 1-in-4 say these reports have been exaggerated - 23% for Republican officeholders and 24% for Democrats.  Less than 1-in-10 say these stories have been totally made up - 7% for Republican officeholders and 4% for Democrats.

Not surprisingly, Republican-leaning members of the public are somewhat more likely to believe reports about Democratic politicians than about Republicans and the opposite is true for Democratic-leaning Americans. However, Republicans are, on the whole, also less likely to believe any reports of sexual misconduct among politicians regardless of party. Just 37% say such reports about GOP officeholders are accurate and 47% say the same for reports about Democratic officeholders. Among Americans who identify as Democrats, 75% say the reports are accurate for GOP office holders and 63% say the same for reports about Democratic office holders. There is no significant difference among independents - 54% believe reports about GOP officeholders and 57% believe reports about Democratic officeholders.

On a more academic note, given the results from yesterday's special election in Alabama - if Roy Moore had won the race for U.S. Senate, 75% of Americans believe the Senate ethics committee should have investigated his past relationships with teenage girls and 58% say the Senate should have held a vote to determine whether Moore was qualified to be seated.

The Monmouth University Poll  was conducted by telephone from December 10 to 12, 2017 with 806 adults in the United States.  The results in this release have a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.  The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.

 

QUESTIONS AND RESULTS                                                                        

(* Some columns may not add to 100% due to rounding.)

 

  1. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president?
TREND: Dec.
2017
Sept.
2017
Aug.
2017
July
2017
May
2017
March
2017
Approve 32% 40% 41% 39% 39% 43%
Disapprove 56% 49% 49% 52% 53% 46%
(VOL) No opinion 12% 11% 10% 9% 8% 11%
(n) (806) (1,009) (805) (800) (1,002) (801)

 

  1. Do you approve or disapprove of the job the U.S. Congress is doing?
TREND: Dec.
2017
Sept.
2017
Aug.
2017
July
2017
May
2017
March
2017
Jan.
2017
Approve 16% 17% 18% 19% 19% 25% 23%
Disapprove 65% 69% 69% 70% 68% 59% 66%
(VOL) No opinion 19% 15% 13% 11% 13% 16% 11%
(n) (806) (1,009) (805) (800) (1,002) (801) (801)

 

TREND: Continued Sept.
2016*
Aug.
2016*
June
2016*
March
2016
Jan.
2016
Dec.
2015
Oct.
2015
Sept.
2015
Aug.
2015
July
2015
June
2015
April
2015
Jan.
2015
Dec.
2014
July
2013
Approve 15% 14% 17% 22% 17% 16% 17% 19% 18% 18% 19% 21% 18% 17% 14%
Disapprove 77% 78% 76% 68% 73% 73% 71% 71% 72% 69% 71% 67% 70% 73% 76%
(VOL) No opinion 8% 9% 7% 10% 10% 10% 12% 11% 11% 12% 10% 12% 11% 11% 10%
(n) (802) (803) (803) (1,008) (1,003) (1,006) (1,012) (1,009) (1,203) (1,001) (1,002) (1,005) (1,003) (1,008) (1,012)

* Registered voters

 

  1. Would you say things in the country are going in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong track?
TREND: Dec.
2017
Aug.
2017
May
2017
March
2017
Jan.
2017
Aug.
2016*
Oct.
2015
July
2015
June
2015
April
2015
Dec.
2014
July
2013
Right direction 24% 32% 31% 35% 29% 30% 24% 28% 23% 27% 23% 28%
Wrong track 66% 58% 61% 56% 65% 65% 66% 63% 68% 66% 69% 63%
(VOL) Depends 7% 4% 5% 4% 4% 2% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5%
(VOL) Don’t know 3% 5% 3% 5% 2% 3% 4% 3% 3% 2% 3% 4%
(n) (806) (805) (1,002) (801) (801) (803) (1,012) (1,001) (1,002) (1,005) (1,008) (1,012)

* Registered voters

 

4/4A.    [REPORTED FOR REGISTERED VOTERS ONLY:] If the election for U.S. Congress was held today, would you vote for the Republican or the Democratic candidate in your district? [INCLUDING LEANERS.  ITEMS WERE ROTATED]

Registered voters Dec.
2017
Republican 36%
Democratic 51%
(VOL) Other 2%
(VOL) Don’t know 11%
(n) (702)

 

[Q5-6 held for future release.]

 

  1. In your view, how successful has President Trump been at getting Congress to pass his legislative agenda – very successful, somewhat successful, not too successful, or not at all successful?
TREND: Dec.
2017
Sept.
2017
Very successful 5% 4%
Somewhat successful 37% 32%
Not too successful 29% 26%
Not at all successful 24% 33%
(VOL) Don’t know 5% 4%
(n) (806) (1,009)

 

[Q8 held for future release.]

 

  1. Have you heard about President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel and recognize Jerusalem as that nation’s capital, or have you not heard about this?
Dec.
2017
Yes, have heard 79%
No, have not heard 21%
(n) (806)

 

  1. Do you think moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is a good idea or bad idea, or do you have no opinion either way?
Dec.
2017
Good idea 23%
Bad idea 39%
No opinion 38%
(n) (806)

 

  1. Do you think moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will make the Middle East region more stable or less stable, or will it have no effect on Middle East stability?
Dec.
2017
More stable 10%
Less stable 51%
No effect 28%
(VOL) Don’t know 11%
(n) (806)

 

  1. How serious a problem is sexual harassment in American society today – very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
Dec.
2017
Very serious 59%
Somewhat serious 26%
Not too serious 9%
Not at all serious 2%
(VOL) Don’t know 4%
(n) (806)

 

  1. Do you think that sexual harassment of women is more likely to happen in politics and government than in other workplaces, is it less likely to happen in politics and government, or is it about as likely to happen in politics and government as in other workplaces?
Dec.
2017
More likely 20%
Less likely 6%
About as likely 71%
(VOL) Depends 1%
(VOL) Don’t know 3%
(n) (806)

 

[QUESTIONS 14 & 15 WERE ROTATED]

  1. Do you think recent news reports claiming that Republican officeholders have engaged in sexual misconduct are generally accurate, have been exaggerated, or have been totally made up?
Dec.
2017
Generally accurate 55%
Been exaggerated 23%
Been totally made up 7%
(VOL) Depends on which person/report 6%
(VOL) Don’t know 9%
(n) (806)

 

  1. Do you think recent news reports claiming that Democratic officeholders have engaged in sexual misconduct are generally accurate, have been exaggerated, or have been totally made up?
Dec.
2017
Generally accurate 56%
Been exaggerated 24%
Been totally made up 4%
(VOL) Depends on which person/report 7%
(VOL) Don’t know 10%
(n) (806)

 

  1. Alabama is holding a special election to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat. One of the candidates, Republican Roy Moore, has been reported to have had relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s including sexual contact with at least one of those teens. Have you heard about these reports or not?
Dec.
2017
Heard 76%
Not heard 24%
(n) (806)

 

  1. Do you believe these reports, or not?
Dec.
2017
Believe 51%
Not believe 12%
(VOL) Don’t know 13%
Not heard [from Q16] 24%
(n) (806)

 

  1. The U.S. Senate has the power to determine whether someone is qualified to be a member. If Roy Moore wins the Alabama election, should the U.S. Senate hold a vote to determine whether he can take his seat, or should they not do this?
Dec.
2017
Should hold a vote 58%
Should not hold a vote 31%
(VOL) Don’t know 11%
(n) (806)

 

18A.  If Moore is seated, should the Senate ethics committee investigate his reported conduct, or not?

Dec.
2017
Yes, should investigate 75%
No, should not investigate 19%
(VOL) Don’t know 6%
(n) (806)

 

[Q19-36 held for future release.]

 

METHODOLOGY

The Monmouth University Poll was sponsored and conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute from December 10 to 12, 2017 with a national random sample of 806 adults age 18 and older, in English. This includes 403 contacted by a live interviewer on a landline telephone and 403 contacted by a live interviewer on a cell phone. Telephone numbers were selected through random digit dialing and landline respondents were selected with a modified Troldahl-Carter youngest adult household screen. Monmouth is responsible for all aspects of the survey design, data weighting and analysis. Final sample is weighted for region, age, education, gender and race based on US Census information. Data collection support provided by Braun Research (field) and SSI (RDD sample). For results based on this sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling has a maximum margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points (unadjusted for sample design).  Sampling error can be larger for sub-groups (see table below). In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of opinion polls.

 

DEMOGRAPHICS (weighted)

Self-Reported

28% Republican
41% Independent
31% Democrat
 
49% Male
51% Female
 
31% 18-34
34% 35-54
35% 55+
 
65% White
12% Black
15% Hispanic

  8% Asian/Other

 

 

Click on pdf file link below for full methodology and results by key demographic groups.

Download this Poll Report with all tables

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