Overall, the US president’s approval ratings are not good, but how does he perform on these specific issues?
It’s almost been a year since surprise Republican nominee Donald Trump won the 2016 US election. The latest YouGov/Economist poll suggests that 53% of Americans disapprove of the US president, significantly ahead of the 37% who approve of him. The scores given him a net approval rating of -16%.
But how does Trump perform in these seven key issues?
1. The Budget Deficit
When it comes to the issue of the budget deficit, 44% of Americans disapprove of his handling of it, well ahead of the 32% who approve. A further 12% said they had no opinion. Just 3% of Hillary Clinton voters said they strongly approve of his handling of this issue.
2. The economy
As for the economy overall, 41% said they approved of Trump's handling, slightly behind the 42% who said they disapproved. According to Trading Economics, the US economy grew by 3.1% in the second-quarter of this year, although it is difficult to assess whether a president’s rule has had any impact on economic growth.
The poll suggests that one quarter of Americans have no opinion on Trump’s handling of the issue. One-third said they approved while 43% said they disapproved. So far, the poll suggests that Donald Trump is struggling on some of the country’s key issues.
4. The Environment
The biggest environmental legacy of Trump’s administration so far is the decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement in the near future. The figures suggest that this decision has not gone down well with the voting public. 48% said they disapprove of Trump’s handling of the environment while just 31% said they approve.
5. Foreign Policy
The tensions between North Korea and the United States of America have dominated the latter’s foreign affairs discourse since Trump ascended to power in January. A striking 47% of those polled said they disapproved of Trump’s handling of the issue, well ahead of the 35% who disagree with their verdict.
So far, a 2020 re-election success looks unlikely, but what about the next two issues?
6. Gun Control
The shooting in Las Vegas prompted yet another discussion about guns in the national press, but so far it looks as if nothing will change. As for Donald Trump’s handling of the issue of gun control, 43% said they disapproved while 34% said they approved. Unsurprisingly, 71% of conservative-minded voters said they approved of his handling of the issue compared to just 9% of liberal identifiers.
Under Donald Trump’s nine long months in power, various attempts have been made to repeal and replace Obamacare, but so far none have been successful. A whopping 51% of poll respondents said they disapprove of Trump’s handling of the issue, significantly ahead of the 37% who said they approve.
Overall, Trump’s future electoral prospects do not look good. Poor approval ratings in some of America’s key policy issues will hamper any attempt to win re-election in 2020 and could even scupper the Republican Party’s chances in the 2018 mid-terms. If Trump wants to do more than be a one-term president – if he lasts that long – then he will need to make progress with independents on some of the country’s most important issues.
The full results of the YouGov/Economist poll (22nd – 24th October) can be accessed here.