Trump’s approval dips as gender gap widens

Trump’s approval dips as gender gap widens

President Trump’s job approval rating dipped in April as his support among female registered voters hit a new low.

According to data from the latest Harvard-Harris survey provided exclusively to The Hill, 48 percent of registered voters approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 52 percent who say they disapprove.

That’s down from a 49-51 split in March, a drop that is primarily due to a widening gender gap.

Fifty-five percent of men who are registered to vote approve of the job Trump is doing, a share that has grown from 53 percent in February.

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Among women registered to vote, however, Trump’s approval rating has fallen from 44 percent in February to 41 percent in April. Fifty-nine percent of female registered voters now disapprove of the job Trump is doing.

Those dynamics hold true with Trump’s favorability rating. Forty-four percent of registered voters overall have a positive view of the president, against 51 percent who view him negatively.

Fifty-one percent of male registered voters have a positive view of the president. Only 38 percent of women who are registered to vote view Trump favorably, however, down from 40 percent last month. A strong majority of them, 56 percent, have an unfavorable view of Trump.

Male registered voters say that Trump is a stronger leader than former President Obama, while female registered voters say Obama was the stronger leader. Those men are also more likely to support Trump’s missile strike in Syria and his Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, who is viewed negatively by a plurality of those women.

"Men see President Trump as a strong leader while women prefer the leadership of former President Obama," said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn.

A majority of registered voters, 50 percent, say the country is on the wrong track, against 36 percent who say the U.S. is on the right course.

Registered voters are more bullish on the economy, with 41 percent saying it is on the right track and 38 disagreeing.

Some of Trump’s recent actions have been met with widespread approval.

Two-thirds of registered voters say the missile strike in Syria was justified and 55 percent say they’re happy the Senate approved Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

And there are opportunities for Trump if he can achieve some of his state policy initiatives.

Seventy-five percent of respondents in the new poll say they support the administration’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure package and strong majorities want to see Democrats and Republicans work together to reform the tax code.

Registered voters oppose a wall along the southern border by a margin of 62 to 38, however.

The online survey of 2,027 registered voters was conducted between April 14 and April 17. The partisan breakdown is 36 percent Democrat, 31 percent Republican, 30 percent independent and 3 percent other. Harvard-Harris Poll uses a methodology that doesn't produce a traditional margin of error.

The Harvard–Harris Poll survey is a collaboration of the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll. The Hill will be working with Harvard-Harris throughout 2017. Full poll results will be posted online later this week.