Survey: Record Disapproval of Trump Performance

Well over half the respondents (57%) to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll disapprove of President Donald Trump's job performance as he prepares to mark one year in office Saturday (Jan. 20), a record high for the survey.

Only 39% said they approved of his performance.

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The breakout of that number by party illustrates the gaping political divide in the country. While 78% of Republicans approve of the President's job performance, only 8% of Democrats do.

Asked which word best describes how they felt about that first year in office, the top answer (allowing for multiple responses) was "disgusted" (38%), with "scared" (24%) and "hopeful," (23%) taking the number two and three spots. In a poll around the time of his inauguration, "hopeful" was the top response.

The phone survey was conducted Jan. 13-17 among 900 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.