President Donald Trump’s approval rating is still below 50% in Utah according to a new UtahPolicy.com survey. Stretching back to the 2016 election, the president has never enjoyed majority support in the Beehive state.
The new survey shows Trump with 51% disapproval and 48% approval, which is where his numbers have hovered since the 2016 election when he carried Utah with 45.5% of the vote. 40% of Utahns say they “strongly disapprove” of Trump’s job performance, while 11% “somewhat disapprove.” The survey was taken in the middle of the partial government shutdown that just ended.
Trump’s current 48% approval rating matches his high-water mark from nearly a year ago.
There is a significant gender gap in Trump’s approval numbers. 55% of men in Utah approve of Trump’s job performance while 57% of women say they disapprove.
There is also a big partisan gap in the president’s job approval rating, with Republicans mostly saying they approve of Trump, while Democrats and independent voters disapprove. 74% of Republicans approve of Trump’s job performance, while 93% of Democrats and 71% of independent voters say they disapprove.
By Congressional district, Trump’s approval rating is highest in UT-02 and UT-04, held by Republican Chris Stewart and Democrat Ben McAdams respectively.
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There’s a distinct pattern in Trump’s approval rating by education level, with less-educated Utahns more likely to give high marks for his job performance, while those with higher levels of education more likely to disapprove.
56% of Utahns with less than a high school diploma say they approve of Trump.
57% of those who are high school graduates give Trump’s performance favorable ratings.
Utahns with a two-year college degree disapprove of Trump’s performance by a 51-48% margin.
51% of bachelor’s degree holders say they do not like Trump’s performance, while 46% say they do.
Postgraduate degree holders do not approve of Trump’s job performance 57-43%.
Poll by conducted by Dan Jones & Associates from January 3 – 15, 2019. 822 Registered voters were interviewed. Data collection was conducted by live call center agents (42 percent landline telephone, 32 percent cellphone), and a portion of the survey was conducted via email invite from an online panel (26 percent). The margin of error for the statewide questions is +/- 3.4 percent, with each congressional district having a margin of error of +/-6.9 percent. Data were weighted by age, political affiliation, religious preference, and congressional district.