WPRI 12/RWU Poll: Trump's job approval rises in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - President Trump has improved his standing in Rhode Island in recent months, though he is still viewed negatively by a significant share of voters, an exclusive WPRI 12/Roger Williams University poll released Tuesday shows.

The survey of 407 likely Rhode Island voters finds 37% rate Trump’s job performance as excellent or good, up from 30% in the previous WPRI/RWU survey last winter. The share of voters who say he is doing a poor job fell from 54% to 44%, while the share rating his work as fair was little changed at 18%.

“I really think a lot of this may go with the economy, because the economy is going well right now and they’re looking at how the economy is doing when they rate the job the president is doing,” said Eyewitness News political analyst Joe Fleming, who conducted the poll.

The landline and cell-phone interview poll was conducted Saturday, July 28, through Tuesday, July 31, by Fleming & Associates of Cumberland, Rhode Island. The survey has an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus approximately 4.8 percentage points. Fleming has been conducting polls for WPRI 12 since 1984.

Trump made notable gains with women voters in Rhode Island. In February, just 18% of women rated Trump’s job performance as excellent or good, while 66% rated it as poor. In the new poll, 36% of women say excellent or good and only 44% say poor, eliminating the wide gender gap over Trump that was seen over the winter.

The president also saw a significant uptick in his support among independents, with 47% rating his performance as excellent or good, up from 34% last winter. The same was true with voters ages 60 and older, whose excellent/good rating rose from 30% to 42%. But he lost ground among Republicans, falling from 80% to 70%.

Ted Nesi (tnesi@wpri.com) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com. He is a weekly panelist on Newsmakers and hosts Executive Suite. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook

Tim White (twhite@wpri.com) is the Target 12 investigative reporter and host of Newsmakers for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook

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