Personal perception has actually improved since the election


LANSING, Mich. – President Donald Trump has not received a honeymoon from Michigan voters in the first months of his new administration. A recent poll by Marketing Resource Group (MRG) shows that currently 40 percent of Michigan voters approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing in his first four months in office while 51 percent disapprove.


In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job President Trump is doing as president? [IF APPROVE / DISAPPROVE, ASK:] Would that be strongly (approve / disapprove) or just somewhat (approve / disapprove)?


Strongly approve……………….25%

Somewhat approve……………..15%

Neither approve or disapprove….7%

Somewhat disapprove…………..7%

Strongly disapprove ……………44%

Don’t know……………………..2%


TOTAL APPROVE                40%



“President Trump continues to be a polarizing leader,” says Tom Shields, President of MRG. “He has strong supporters from Republicans, Independent men, pro-life voters and those who live in Macomb County, Northern Michigan and the Flint, Saginaw Bay City areas of the state. But he also has just as strong detractors among Democrats, pro-choice voters, young voters and those living in Wayne County, Oakland County and Mid-Michigan. Basically, if you voted for Trump, you like the job he’s doing. If you didn’t, you don’t.”

The poll also showed that Trump’s personal perception had improved with 41percent of the voters having a positive impression of him. 50 percent of the voters still have a negative impression of him. This is an improvement over where he was last fall when only 29 percent had a positive impression of him with 60 percent viewing negatively.Trumps personal perception has improved since the election


Trump’s perception is divided on a partisan basis as well as 96 percent of the voters who voted for Clinton in November have a negative impression of Trump while 87 percent of the Michigan voters who supported Trump last November have a positive perception him.



MRG Michigan Poll® Spring 2017

This question on Presidential Job Approval Rating and Name ID was a part of the MRG Michigan Poll® Spring 2017 and was not commissioned by any outside 3rd party groups.


The survey of 600 likely Michigan voters was conducted by live interview May 8-11, 2017. The sample was randomly drawn from a listed sample of all registered voters with a history of voting and stratified by city and township to reflect voter turnout. 30% of the sample was conducted with cell phone users. In addition, quotas for gender and cell phone interviews were met within each geographic area, and extra efforts were made to reach African Americans. Thirty percent of the interviews were conducted with cell phone only or cell phone dominant households.


A sample of 600 likely voters in Michigan yields a sampling margin of error of ±4 percent with a 95 percent confidence interval. The sampling margin of error for subgroups may be higher depending on the size of the subgroup. Sample size of GOP primary voters = 216 . Sample size of DEM primary voters = 255.


About Marketing Resource Group, Inc.

Lansing, Michigan-based Marketing Resource Group, Inc. ( is an award-winning PR firm representing corporate, association, nonprofit, and private clients with interests in Michigan. MRG offers expertise in public affairs, communications, political campaign management, and public opinion survey research. For more than thirty years, MRG has conducted its bi-annual omnibus Michigan Poll®, tracking the pulse of Michigan voters on key statewide public policy and political issues. MRG is the only Michigan public opinion survey research firm that maintains nearly 30 years of trend analyses of voter attitudes related to state and national leaders, political parties, and the political and economic climate in Michigan.


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