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 dropped in October to 36.5, all but erasing the gain Trump made in August. It marks the third 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 September.
President Trump’s job approval rating dropped 5 percentage points in September to 33%. Trump lost the most ground from those in the South, as well as among conservatives, millennials and women. President Trump’s approval rating has been below 40% for most of his presidency.
Direction Of The Country
The Direction of the Country index dropped sharply in October to 34.4, a 10.2% decline from September. This index is now lower than the 37 average during President Obama’s eight years in office.
Quality Of Life
The Quality of Life Index also dropped slightly in October to 56.8, a decline of 1.6%. 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 plunged in October to 35.7, a decline of 20.1% from September and the lowest rating of Trump’s presidency. 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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