By PRRI Staff
More Americans viewed President Donald Trump unfavorably (55%) than favorably (41%) throughout most of the 2019 calendar year. In a series of surveys conducted weekly from late March through December, totaling more than 40,000 interviews, Trump’s overall favorability rating ranged between 46% and 33%. The proportion of Americans with unfavorable views of the president remains in a similarly small range, from a low of 49% to a high of 62%.
The low point for Trump’s favorability occurred in the first half of 2019. The president’s favorability rating began a downward shift in mid-April, culminating in a low of 33% favorable (and the unfavorable high of 62%) the week of April 30. This drop-off in favorability coincided with the long-awaited completion and release of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 election. An initial summary from Attorney General William Barr was released on March 24, and the redacted report was released on April 18. Trump’s favorability rebounded over the course of May, likely as news about the Mueller report faded.
Notably, Trump’s highest favorability ratings among all Americans come much later in the year, after the announcement of the impeachment inquiry. His favorability reached 46% the week of October 29, amid impeachment inquiry hearings, but also immediately after the October 27 confirmation that a U.S. operation had resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The spike was short-lived, and Trump’s favorability rating returned to around 40% throughout November.
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