Poll: Trump job approval sets new record for polarization

The average 79-percentage-point difference between Republicans’ and Democrats’ job approval ratings of President Donald Trump during his second year in office is the largest Gallup has measured in any presidential year to date. The prior record of 77 points was recorded in President Barack Obama’s eighth year in office.

During Trump’s second year in office, which began Jan. 20, 2018, and ends Jan. 19, 2019, he averaged 87% job approval among Republicans and 8% among Democrats. Independents’ views were closer to those of Democrats than to those of Republicans, with an average 36% of independents approving of Trump’s performance in office.