The first date range encompassed Trump’s acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial and the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. During this period, the president averaged 47% job approval, including five separate 49% ratings, which are the highest of his presidency.
The second period — which began shortly after George Floyd died in police custody — showed a clear drop in Trump’s approval rating, with an average 42% of U.S. adults saying they approved of Trump. This time period included nationwide protests about racial injustice as well as a resurgence of the coronavirus in Sun Belt states, Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the contentious first presidential debate and Trump contracting the coronavirus.
None of the subgroups analyzed in this report showed meaningful increases in job approval. However, a small number of groups — including Republicans overall and Republicans who say they have conservative political views — did not show a meaningful decline in approval this year.