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 climbed 7% in May to 42.6. This is the first month-over-month increase in the index since President Trump took office, but it is still below his first month’s reading of 49.2.
The Leadership Index is comprised of three subindexes measuring the president’s favorability, job approval (see below), and whether he is providing strong or weak leadership. Trump gained ground on each of these indexes, with the biggest gain — 10.3% — on job approval.
President Trump gained back ground on the Job Approval Index, which rose to 39 in May from 34 in April. Since IBD/TIPP started polling on presidential approval in January 2001, the highest it ever got was 88.7 under President Bush. The lowest was 27.8, also under President Bush. It averaged 50.6 under President Obama.
Direction Of The Country
The Direction of the Country index gained back some of its lost ground in May, climbing 6.4% from April to reach 41.3. This index averaged just 37 during President Obama’s eight years in office.
Quality Of Life
This index was little changed in May from April. It is currently at 57.9. 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 made a big 13% gain in May to reach 45.3. It was just 39 a year ago. This index peaked in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, reaching 74.9.
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