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Your Daily Polling Update for Monday, August 26


Up 1 from Friday

RON’S COMMENT: Today’s average is based on five polls, ranging from 41% (Monmouth) to 50% (Rasmussen). Without these extremes, it would be 44%. President Trump’s disapproval rating averages 52% today (-1 from Friday), which is 7 points higher than his approval rating…. Demographics: According to The Hill/HarrisX poll, Trump’s approval rating is 51% among men, 42% among women, 56% among whites, 14% among blacks, 32% among Hispanics and 42% among Asian-Americans.


Among adults nationwide

How satisfied are you with the state of the U.S. economy today, are you – very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied with the state of the economy? 

Very satisfied: 21%
Somewhat satisfied: 36%
Somewhat dissatisfied: 27%
Very dissatisfied: 14%

RON’S COMMENT: This poll finds a total of 57% of Americans are satisfied with the U.S. economy today. That’s down from 68% in November.

When it comes to your own financial situation today, are you – very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? 

Very satisfied: 25%
Somewhat satisfied: 44%
Somewhat dissatisfied: 19%
Very dissatisfied: 11%

RON’S COMMENT: When it comes to personal finances, a total of 69% of Americans are satisfied. That’s down from 74% in November.

Do you feel confident or not confident that life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us? 

Feel confident: 27%
Do not feel confident: 67%

RON’S COMMENT: While most Americans are satisfied with the economy and their own personal finances, only 27% feel confident that life for their children’s generation will be better than it has been for them. Two years ago, it was 35%.


Among adults nationwide

Does [this] statement describe how you feel … very well, somewhat well, not too well, not well at all? 
 “You feel angry because our political system seems to only be working for the insiders with money and power, like those on Wall Street or in Washington, rather than it working to help everyday people get ahead.” 

Describes very/somewhat well: 70%
Describes not too well/not well at all: 27%

RON’S COMMENT: A heavy majority of Americans say they are angry at the political system because it’s only “working for the insiders with money and power.”


For the 2020 elections

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Among voters in the UK

BORIS JOHNSON (Conservative)
31% positive/19% neutral/47% negative

THERESA MAY (Conservative)
27% positive, 22% neutral, 49% negative

ED BALLS (Labour)
26% positive, 30% neutral, 33% negative

26% positive, 28% neutral, 33% negative

26% positive, 18% neutral, 54% negative

24% positive, 16% neutral, 56% negative

JOHN MAJOR (Conservative)
23% positive, 31% neutral, 37% negative

RUTH DAVIDSON (Conservative)
22% positive, 24% neutral, 18% negative

22% positive, 37% neutral, 22% negative

NICOLA STURGEON (Scottish National Party)
22% positive, 21% neutral, 49% negative

RON’S COMMENT: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has the highest positive rating of all British politicians rated, even though his negative rating is higher. His positive rating is better among Boomers (35%) and Gen X (34%) than with Millennials (24%). He does slightly better among men (33%) than women (30%)…. May is former Prime Minister, Balls is a retired member of Parliament, Corbin is leader of the Labour Party, Khan is mayor of London, Farage is the former leader of the UK Independence Party and now heads the new Brexit Party, Major is former Prime Minister, Davidson is leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Blunkett is a former member of Tony Blair’s cabinet and Sturgeon is the First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party…. Note that Farage has the highest negative rating (56%) and Corbyn is second at 54%. Only Davidson has a net positive rating and Blunkett is even.


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Presidential job rating average based on recent nationwide polls.
BRITISH POLITICIANS RATED: YouGov, ratings collected over the past year

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Copyright 2019 Ronald A. Faucheux


Ron Faucheux

Dr. Faucheux is a nationally respected public opinion analyst with a unique background in public policy and legislative research, public communications and message strategies. He combines professional competence with pragmatic problem solving skills.