March 31, 2017
WASHINGTON — Nearly 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research over five days before and after the collapse of a GOP proposal to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Health care was the worst of seven issues for Trump tested in the poll, but half of Americans approve of his handling of the economy.
—Just 42 percent of Americans approve and 58 percent disapprove of how Trump his handling his job so far. Nearly 9 in 10 Democrats and more than 6 in 10 independents disapprove of Trump, while 8 in 10 Republicans approve of the job he’s doing.
—Some 62 percent disapprove of how he’s handling health care. His ratings are also underwater on handling foreign policy (58 percent disapprove), immigration (54 percent) the budget deficit (54 percent) and taxes (54 percent).
—Fifty percent of Americans approve of how Trump is handling the economy, about the same as the 48 percent who disapprove. Likewise, Trump’s ratings on Supreme Court nominations are about even, 50 percent approve to 49 percent disapprove.
—Most Americans — 56 percent — describe the national economy as good, while 43 percent describe it as poor. A year ago, in April of 2016, just 42 percent described the economy as good in another AP-NORC poll.
—More than 6 in 10 say the country is headed in the wrong direction. But among Republicans, nearly two-thirds think it’s heading in the right direction.
—Just a quarter of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while three-quarters disapprove. There’s relatively little partisan divide in terms of distaste for Congress.
—More than 8 in 10 Americans call both health care and the economy very important issues. About 7 in 10 call taxes that important, while about 6 in 10 say the same of immigration, Supreme Court nominations, foreign policy and the budget deficit.
—Overall, 90 percent of blacks and 66 percent of Hispanics disapprove of the job Trump is doing, but whites divide more evenly, with 53 percent approving and 47 percent disapproving. Fifty-eight percent of whites without a college degree approve of the job he’s doing.
The AP-NORC poll of 1,110 adults was conducted March 23-27 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.0 percentage points.
Interviews were conducted online and using landlines and cellphones.
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