Pollster examines why Trump's poll numbers remain constant

Public no longer fazed by unconventionality

David Madden
May 04, 2018 - 9:45 pm
President Donald Trump arrives to the National Teacher of the Year reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC., on May 2.

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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A newly released national poll sheds some light on President Donald Trump's job performance numbers — and why they don't change very much. 

You've heard time and again about the "Trump base," which, at least in the Monmouth University poll, has stayed in the 39 to 42 percent range for most of the time he has been in office. 

Given all that's been done, said and tweeted, Poll Director Patrick Murray looked into why those numbers have stayed pretty much static.

"Most of the public is just not at all surprised by what's going on there," Murray said. "Eighty-one percent say that he's been less conventional, but 79 percent say they're not surprised by his behavior. In fact, just 9 percent are very surprised by the way Trump has been handling himself."

So what changes those overall job approval numbers, for better or worse?

"The things that are going to turn their opinion are going to be big ticket items, which we won't see for awhile down the road," Murray added. "What's he going to do about infrastructure? What's he going to do about a whole bunch of things? I mean, for example, his whole promise to drain the swamp. We find that only 25 percent of Americans believe that he's actually made progress draining the swamp. In fact, 31 percent say that he's made the swamp worse."

And no, the tax bill apparently doesn't rise to that level.

The president's latest job approval numbers: Forty-one percent approve of his job performance, while 50 percent do not.