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Poll: Trump's Approval Rating Dips Again

| by Robert Fowler

New polling indicates that approval for President Donald Trump's job performance took a dip after he enjoyed a modest bump following his first address before a joint session of Congress.

As of March 9, the daily tracking poll conducted by Gallup found that 42 percent of U.S. adults approve of the president's job performance while 52 percent disapprove. The latest data marks a drop for Trump's approval rating from just four days prior. On March 5, Gallup found that 44 percent of respondents approved of him while only 50 percent disapproved.

The president had enjoyed a bump in the daily tracking poll following his first address before a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. The speech was well-received by media pundits and viewers. A CNN/ORC poll found that roughly 70 percent of national adults who watched the event felt more optimistic about the direction of the country as a direct result of Trump's speech, according to CNN.

"Donald Trump did indeed become presidential tonight," Republican Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, told Politico following the address. "And I think we'll see that reflected in a higher approval rating."

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There was a polling bump for the president following his address. On Feb. 27, the Gallup tracking survey found that 42 percent of respondents approved of the president while 54 percent disapproved. By March 1, 43 percent approved while 51 percent disapproved.

After inching closer to a more positive approval rating for a week, the president has since returned to the polling deficit he had before his address. Since Jan. 20, when Trump was sworn in as president, he has never reached 50 percent approval in the Gallup tracking poll.

As of March 9, FiveThirtyEight found that Trump had an average approval of 43.4 percent while 49.7 percent disapproved of his job performance, based on polls culling responses from all national adults. When only considering polls that surveyed likely or registered voters, they found a moderately more positive rating of the president, with 45.4 percent approving and 48.6 percent disapproving of him.

On March 7, a USA Today/Suffolk University survey found that 47 percent of respondents approved of Trump's job performance while 44 percent disapproved. The poll found that respondents were evenly split on the president's policies, with 46 percent approving and disapproving each, but that only 30 percent approved of his temperament while 60 percent disapproved.

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Sources: CNN, FiveThirtyEight, Gallup, Politico, USA Today / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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