Gallup: 57% Approve of Trump's Handling of Economy

By Michael W. Chapman | November 20, 2019 | 10:11am EST
President Donald Trump.  (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

( -- A new poll shows that 57% of Americans approve of President Donald Trump's handling of the economy and that, despite the impeachment inquiry, Trump's job approval is holding steady at 43%. Among Republicans, Trump's job approval is at 90%.

Gallup conducted the survey Nov. 1-14. The impeachment inquiry officially started on Sept. 24 and the first televised public hearings of the inquiry occurred on Nov. 13. 

In the survey, Gallup asked, "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?" Forty-three percent said they approved and 54% said they disapproved. 


"Despite days of focus by national and international news media on the impeachment proceedings currently underway in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump's job approval rating remains statistically similar to where it has been for weeks," reported Gallup. 

"Gallup's latest poll, fielded Nov. 1-14, failed to show a noticeable impact of the impeachment hearings in Congress on presidential approval," said the survey firm. 

"In fact, the last time the president's approval rating was 43% was in mid-September, just before news outlets began to report that a whistle-blower complaint had been filed regarding a call between Trump and the president of Ukraine," reported Gallup.

For the survey, Gallup interviewed by telephone a random sample of 1,015 adults, age 18 and older, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points. 

Gallup also asked, "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the economy" and other issues read in random order. 


Fifty-seven percent said they approved of Trump's handling of the economy and 42% said they disapproved. 

"As has remained the case during his term in office, Trump receives higher approval on his management of the economy than he does on his job rating overall as president," said Gallup. "The 57% approving of Trump's handling of the economy is, by one percentage point, his best as president. It is also improved from his prior two readings -- 50% in May and 53% in August."

"While four in 10 Americans approve of how the president handles foreign affairs and healthcare policy, 46% are satisfied with his position on guns and 40% on foreign affairs," reported Gallup. 

"Trump gets his lowest ratings among the six issues tested in the survey on the situation in Syria, where 36% of Americans approve and 57% disapprove of the way he is handling the situation," said the survey firm. 

In conclusion, Gallup said, "Despite much focus on the impeachment investigation into President Trump's actions regarding Ukraine, his approval rating remains statistically unchanged. When examining various areas of policy, Trump receives his highest ratings on the economy and his lowest on foreign affairs."



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