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.
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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%).
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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