IBD/TIPP Poll: Presidential Approval, Direction Of Country

Each month, the IBD/TIPP Poll , a collaboration between Investor's Business Daily and TechnoMetrica, produces an exclusive Presidential Leadership Index. This index combines results from several questions in the monthly IBD/TIPP Poll to gauge how well the president is viewed when it comes to leading the country, both domestically and internationally.

[ibd-display-video id=3077768 width=50 float=left autostart=true] The index includes questions on presidential approval, favorability measures on the president's handling of domestic and foreign-policy issues, and whether the president is providing strong or weak leadership.

In addition, IBD/TIPP each month asks questions focused on the public's outlook overall. These questions gauge satisfaction with the direction of the country, respondents' quality of life and the United States' standing in the world.

IBD/TIPP also produces the Economic Optimism Index at the beginning of each month.

See the schedule of upcoming IBD/TIPP poll releases .

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Presidential Leadership Index: Overall

The IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index edged up in January to 39.6, a 2.9% gain from the month before. Trump's Leadership Index has been under 40 six times during his time in office.

The Leadership Index comprises three subindexes measuring the president's favorability (up 2.6% in January), job approval (up 0.3%), and whether he is providing strong leadership (up 5.8%).

Presidential Approval

President Trump's job approval rating was 35% in January, essentially unchanged from the previous two months. Trump's approval number has been below 40% for 10 straight months. These low approval ratings come despite continued signs of a strengthening economy and increased consumer optimism.

Direction Of The Country

The Direction of the Country Index climbed sharply in January, hitting 42.4, which is an 8.4% gain from December. The index had been trending downward for months, but is currently well above the 37 average during President Obama's eight years in office.

Quality Of Life

The Quality of Life Index also showed a strong gain in January, climbing 7% to reach 60.9, a new high for President Trump. The average for this Index under President Obama was 53.7. Unlike other measures, the Quality of Life Index has been relatively steady for the past 16 years. It peaked at 63.1 in January 2004. Its lowest level was 43.5 in June 2008.

Standing In The World

Another measure included in the monthly IBD/TIPP Poll tracks the public's view of the United States' standing in the world. After dropping slightly in December, the Index regained that ground in January to reach 40.7. Over the past 17 years, the highest this index ever got was in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, when it hit 74.9.


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Past Results

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

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GMK Communications

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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