President Trump’s Job Approval Holds at 46 Percent: Good or Bad News?

President Trump’s Job Approval Holds at 46 Percent: Good or Bad News?

But do the surveys actually mean anything come election day?

President Donald Trump’s job approval has remained relatively steady, according to two polls released Monday, with the election just fifteen days away.

A new Hill-HarrisX poll conducted before the town hall event revealed that 46 percent of registered voters approve of the president’s job in the White House, while 54 percent disapprove. The president’s approval ratings remain steady compared to the same Hill-HarrisX survey conducted earlier in the month.

Trump’s approval ratings indicated a clear racial divide, as 56 percent of white registered voters said they approve of the job he’s doing, while only 16 percent of black respondents approve. 33 percent of Hispanic voters said the same.

Trump’s job approval posted at 48 percent, as reported by Rasmussen Reports, reporting no change since Friday. Last week, the president’s approval hovered between 47 percent to 48 percent.

According to the Hill-HarrisX survey, 53 percent of respondents said they approve of Trump’s handling on the economy and jobs. Forty-five percent approve of the president’s ability to administer the government.

The president’s lowest-rated issue, the coronavirus pandemic, received 57 percent of disapproval, showing a slight gender divide, as 65 percent of female voters said they disapprove of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and 48 percent of male voters said the same.

The two polls brought Trump’s job approval to 44.8 percent, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average, a figure that’s increased by less than one percent since the beginning of October. The president’s average disapproval is at 53.8 percent as of Monday.

With the election nearly two weeks away, Trump has struggled to gain a polling advantage over Democratic nominee Joe Biden, as the president has consistently trailed behind by double-digits. Despite Trump’s apparent overall disapproval and disadvantage in the polls, Democrats have pointed to his unexpected 2016 win to be cautious in trusting polling data.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online between Oct. 10-13 and surveyed 2,855 registered voters with a margin of error of 1.83 percentage points.

Rachel Bucchino is a reporter at the National Interest. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and The Hill.

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