Your Daily Polling Update for Thursday, November 29, 2018
TRUMP JOB APPROVAL: AVERAGE 44%
Same as yesterday
RON’S COMMENT: Today’s average is based on four polls, ranging from 38% (Gallup) to 47% (Rasmussen). Without these two extremes, it would be 45%.... President Trump’s disapproval rating averages 54% today, which is 10 points higher than his approval rating.
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Among voters nationwide
% = Favorable/Unfavorable
Donald Trump: 44%/54%
Mike Pence: 46%/47%
Paul Ryan: 28%/61%
Mitch McConnell: 30%/53%
Kevin McCarthy: 21%/33%
Nancy Pelosi: 36%/54%
Chuck Schumer: 34%/48%
Democrats in Congress: 39%/55%
Republicans in Congress: 31%/63%
RON’S COMMENT: There you have it, the seven most powerful politicians in Washington and every one of them has negative ratings that exceed their positive scores. Only Pence comes close. In addition, both parties in Congress have underwater ratings…. Speaker Ryan’s unfavorable rating is higher than anybody’s, at 61%. After a 20-year House tenure that included the Speakership and his party’s 2012 vice presidential nomination, this isn’t the way Ryan and his fans would have ever expected his career in Congress to end. The following poll results help explain why it’s happened…
Among voters nationwide
Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way that the United States Congress is handling its job?
Neither approve/disapprove: 11%
RON’S COMMENT: This Congress screeches to a halt with poor job ratings. Even though Congress has been controlled by Republicans, even GOP voters heavily disapprove of the job Congress is doing––by more than a two to one margin, 53% disapprove, 26% approve.
Do you think the current Congress has accomplished more or less than Congress usually does at this point in its two-year term?
More than usual: 10%
About the same: 27%
Less than usual: 47%
Not sure: 16%
RON’S COMMENT: Only one out of ten voters believe this Congress has done more than usual. Nearly five times as many say they’ve done less than usual. Who do voters blame? 51% blame Republicans, 21% blame Democrats and 26% blame both equally. (The word “blame” is used cautiously. That’s because some people think it’s a good thing that Congress isn’t doing as much as usual.)
ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE
Among adults in Great Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Austria and Sweden.
From the CNN European survey report:
- 44% of adults in the seven European countries surveyed (Great Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Austria and Sweden) say anti-Semitism is a growing problem in their country.
- 40% say Jewish people are at risk of racist violence in their country.
- 37% say they are unfavorable towards Muslims in their country.
- 10% say they are unfavorable towards Jews in their country.
- 5% say they are unfavorable towards Christians in their country.
- 39% say they are unfavorable towards Romani people (also known as “Gypsies” or “Roma”) in their country.
- 35% say they are unfavorable towards immigrants in their country.
- 16% say they are unfavorable towards LGBT people in their country.
- 28% say Jewish people have too much influence in finance and business across the world, compared with other people.
- 20% say Jewish people have too much influence in media across the world compared to other people.
- 54% agree Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state.
- 32% say that criticism of Israel tends to be motivated by anti-Semitism.
- 32% say Jewish people use the Holocaust to advance their position or to achieve certain goals.
- 56% say they are not aware of ever having socialized with a Jewish person.
To read the full CNN report, go to
Presidential job rating average based on recent nationwide polls.
FAVORABILITY RATINGS, CONGRESS: The Economist/YouGov, Nov. 25-27
CNN EUROPEAN POLL: CNN/ComRes, Sept. 7-20