Posted on December 6, 2017

One Nation, Divided, Under Trump: Findings from the 2017 American Values Survey

Alex Vandermaas-Peeler, Daniel Cox, Ph.D., et al., PRRI, December 5, 2017


Evaluations of Trump’s Presidency and Support for Impeachment

A majority (53%) of the public does not believe Trump is looking out for their interests, while close to half (46%) say he is doing this at least somewhat well.

  • A majority (54%) of white Americans and four in ten (40%) Hispanics believe Trump is looking out for them at least somewhat well, but only 11% of black Americans agree.

Donald Trump gets low marks from the public on his job performance as president. About four in ten (41%) Americans approve of the job he is doing, while a majority (54%) disapprove.

  • Among those who approve of Trump’s job performance, nearly four in ten (37%) say there is almost nothing the president could do to lose their approval.
  • Among those who disapprove of Trump’s job performance, approximately six in ten (61%) say there is almost nothing the president could do to win their approval.

Four in ten (40%) Americans say that, based on what they have heard or read, President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. A majority (56%) of the public disagrees. Support for impeachment has been stable since the summer, when an identical number of Americans (40%) expressed the view that Trump should be impeached.

  • Women express greater support for impeachment than men. Women are evenly divided over whether Trump should be impeached (48% favor, 48% oppose), while fewer than one in three (31%) men favor this action. Close to two-thirds (65%) of men say Trump should not be impeached.
  • More than seven in ten (72%) black Americans and a majority (52%) of Hispanic Americans say the president should be impeached. Fewer than one-third (31%) of white Americans favor impeachment.