Each month, the IBD/TIPP Poll, a collaboration between Investor’s Business Daily and TechnoMetrica, produces an exclusive Presidential Leadership Index. This index combines results from several questions in the monthly IBD/TIPP Poll to gauge how well the president is viewed when it comes to leading the country, both domestically and internationally.
The index includes questions on presidential approval, favorability measures on the president’s handling of domestic and foreign policy issues, and whether the president is providing strong or weak leadership.
In addition, IBD/TIPP each month asks questions focused on the public’s outlook overall. These questions gauge satisfaction with the direction of the country, respondents’ quality of life and the United States’ standing in the world.
IBD/TIPP also produces the Economic Optimism Index at the beginning of each month.
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Presidential Leadership Index: Overall
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The IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index edged up by in November to 39.8. Despite the gain, this marks the fourth time the index has been under 40 since Trump took office.
The Leadership Index comprises three subindexes measuring the president’s favorability, job approval (see below), and whether he is providing strong or weak leadership. Trump gained ground on all three subindexes in November.
President Trump’s job approval rating climbed three percentage points in November. This gain only made up part of the ground Trump lost in October, and marks the eighth consecutive month that his approval rating has been below 40%.
Direction Of The Country
The Direction of the Country index climbed 13.7% to reach 39.1 in November. The index, which had been trending downward for months, is currently above the 37 average during President Obama’s eight years in office.
Quality Of Life
The Quality of Life Index also climbed slightly in November to 57.9, a gain of 1.9%. The average under President Obama was 53.7. Unlike other measures, this has been relatively steady for the past 16 years. It peaked at 63.1 in January 2004. It’s lowest level was 43.5 in June 2008.
Standing In The World
Another measure included in the monthly IBD/TIPP Poll tracks the public’s view of the United States’ standing in the world. This climbed 12% in November to reach 40, but that made up only about half the ground lost in October. Over the past 17 years, the highest this index ever got was in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, when it hit 74.9.
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