A new Suffolk University/USA Today poll released this past week has some good news for President Donald Trump: he's rated more favorably than nearly everyone else in Washington.
While the nation's forty-fifth president is still seeing historically low approval ratings, it looks like he's still beating out the rest of the pack. In the category of favorability, the new USA Today poll puts President Trump above Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Congress, the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, and the media.
The favorability breakdown:
- Vice President Mike Pence - 46.8%
- President Donald Trump - 44.9%
- The media- 37.1%
- Republican Party - 36.9%
- Democratic Party - 35.7%
- Secretary Hillary Clinton - 35.1%
- Rep. Elizabeth Warren - 34.2%
- Congress - 25.7%
The president beat out nearly everyone else in the poll, with one notable exception—his second-in-command. Vice President Mike Pence was considered favorable by 46.8% of the respondents, compared to President Trump's 44.9%. The Vice President appears to benefit largely from being a traditional politician, in contrast to the brazen and outspoken Trump.
Only 40.9% of those polled voted for President Trump and Vice President Pence in November and only 33% identified as Republicans, making the latest favorability numbers even more interesting.
In addition to the question of favorability, there were some other sections of the poll that indicated good news for the Trump administration. When asked about which of the choices they would consider unfavorable, 55.4% of respondents considered Hillary Clinton unfavorable, compared to 47.3% who gave President Trump the label.
Another question asked respondents, “Do you feel the country is headed in the right direction or is on the wrong track?” 45.5% of those polled answered “right direction,” narrowly edging out the 42.6% who believe the country is on the “wrong track.”
But the new poll isn't all good news for Trump. Although he beat out nearly everyone else in terms of favorability, 44.9% favorability is still not a great number for a poll within the first fifty days of a new presidency.
Traditionally, approval and favorability ratings skew high in the early months of a new administration, a period often referred to as the “honeymoon phase.” So far, President Trump hasn't been lucky enough to benefit from that historic trend.
Some of the questions also painted a negative picture of the public's view of the president. 60.2% of respondents said they disapproved of the president's temperament, and 58.7% of respondents believe there should be an independent investigation into contacts between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government.
Finally, not everything in the new poll was surprising. Congress continued its streak of being wildly unpopular with pretty much everyone, receiving an abysmal 25.7% favorability rating.