Poll: Trump’s job approval splits sharply along race, gender lines

Poll: Trump’s job approval splits sharply along race, gender lines
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President Trump’s job approval rating is split sharply along race and gender lines, with white voters and men more likely to give the president high marks, while minority voters and women overwhelmingly disapprove of the new administration.

A Monmouth University survey released on Monday found that 43 percent all voters approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 46 percent who say they disapprove.

That's similar to other recent polls. According to the RealClearPolitics average, Trump is at 45 percent approval and 49.5 percent disapproval. 

Still, surveys have been all over the place, ranging from a Rasmussen poll that found Trump in positive territory by 4 points, to a CBS News survey that put him underwater by 12.

This is Monmouth’s first job approval survey for Trump. Their previous favorability rating poll, conducted shortly before Trump took office on Jan. 20, found then-president-elect Trump at 35 percent favorable and 45 percent unfavorable.

Monmouth found that a majority of white voters, 55 percent, approve of the job Trump is doing. Only 19 percent of non-white or Hispanic Americans give Trump positive marks, compared to 69 percent who disapprove.

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There is also a sharp divide between men, who give Trump positive marks by a 49-40 margin, and women, who register a negative 36-53 split.

While Republicans give Trump an 80 percent approval rating and Democrats an 82 percent disapproval rating, independents are evenly split at 43-43.

Public opinion on the job Trump swings wildly between the counties he won and those he lost.

In the 2,500 counties that Trump carried by double-digits, his approval rating is at 55 percent positive and 33 percent negative. In the 400 counties Trump lost by 10 points or more, his approval rating is at 33 percent positive and 57 percent negative.

In the 300 counties where the election was decided by single digits, 41 percent say they approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 46 percent who disapprove.

“Public opinion in those swing counties will be extremely important to the success of Trump’s presidency,” said Monmouth pollster Patrick Murray. “Right now, it could go either way.”

Trump’s job approval rating did not change in any meaningful way from when he gave a well-received speech Tuesday to a joint session of Congress to his Twitter accusations over the weekend that former President Obama had spied on him.

In the surveys conducted last Thursday and Friday, Trump was at 41 percent positive and 47 percent negative. In those conducted on Saturday and Sunday, he was at 44-46.

“The public seems to be much more measured in its response to the daily tumult that is the Trump administration than most pundits are,” said Murray.

The Monmouth University poll of 801 U.S. adults as conducted by telephone between March 2 and March 5 and has a 3.5 percentage point margin of error.