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President Trump Job Approval Rating Sub-50 Percent

Trump Associates Also Rating Poorly in New Saint Leo University Poll
ST. LEO, FL – A new, nonpartisan survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) found the nation’s three highest political office holders have job approval ratings only in the 40-percent range.

Starting at the top with President Donald J. Trump, 44.1 percent of respondents in the survey of 1,073 adults said they either strongly approve (23.4 percent) or somewhat approve (20.7 percent) of the job the new president has been doing since taking office on Jan. 20, 2017. The respondents answered the online survey between March 3 and March 11, 2017. The tallies have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The combined percentage of those who disapprove of the job Trump is doing came to just over half, at 51.2 percent. The percentage who somewhat disapprove was 10.8, but the percent who strongly disapprove is 40.4 percent. A little less than 5 percent are unsure.

“President Trump’s approval rating is historically low for someone at the beginning of their term,” said Frank Orlando, political scientist and director of the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. “While part of this appears to be caused by the administration’s shaky start in several key areas, it is also caused by a hyper-polarized environment.  Republicans approve of President Trump at an 86.5 percent clip, while Democrats only give him 15.2 percent approval.  These percentages are unlikely to change very much over time, barring a major event.”

Vice President Mike Pence received a job approval rating in the same range: 45.5 percent overall (22.1 percent strongly approved and 23.4 percent somewhat approved). Fewer respondents disapproved of him as strongly as disapproved of President Trump, however. Overall, 43.4 […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Institute|0 Comments

U.S. Voters Divided More than Ever, Saint Leo University Poll Shows

ST. LEO, FL – The United States is a country divided, according to a recent survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu). The nonpartisan poll shows 82.1 percent of respondents agree the nation is more divided than ever before following a contentious presidential election and the installation of a new administration.

The online poll surveyed 1,073 adults in the United States from March 3 through March 11, 2017, and the results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The survey included a section in which respondents were asked to read a statement and then indicate whether they agree or disagree with it, and to what extent. They were also given an option to say they don’t know or are unsure.

Fifty percent of respondents say they strongly agree and 32.1 percent say they somewhat agree that the United States is divided. Few disagree with that: 8.9 percent say they somewhat disagree, 3.8 say they strongly disagree, and 5.1 percent say they do not know or are unsure.

The sentiment is felt across political leanings. Among respondents who say they are conservative, 83 percent say the country is more divided, while 79.6 percent who identified themselves as moderate, and 89.2 percent who say they are liberal, agree.

Saint Leo’s poll indicates hope for reconciliation. The poll shows that 49.4 percent say that despite a sense of division in their communities, they are optimistic about reducing political discord. Another 37.2 percent say they do not think the divide can be bridged and 13.4 percent say they do not know. (“Don’t know” answers were omitted from the table for space).

Statements
Strongly Agree
Somewhat Agree
Strongly
Disagree
Somewhat Disagree

We are more divided as a nation than ever before
50.0%
32.1%
 3.8%
8.9%

I see democracy slipping away […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Institute|0 Comments

Gorsuch High Court Nomination Favored By Half of Americans

New Saint Leo University Polling Institute findings reflects March 2017 survey  

ST. LEO, FL – About half of American adults contacted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) support the appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who will appear before the U.S. Senate this week for confirmation hearings.

Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to fill the vacancy on the court created by the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. While former President Barack Obama put a nominee before the U.S. Senate the next month—federal Judge Merrick Garland—Republicans refused to schedule a hearing, effectively blocking Garland’s nomination until after the November elections. Trump’s victory opened the door for a conservative to select a nominee, and for the Republican-controlled Senate to make the decision on whether to confirm or reject the 45th president’s choice.

Earlier this month in a nonpartisan survey, the Saint Leo University Polling Institute asked 1,073 adults nationally how strongly they support or oppose the Gorsuch nomination.

Just over half, at 50.4 percent, support the nomination to some degree: 26.7 percent strongly supported it and 23.7 percent somewhat supported it.

Another 14.9 percent were somewhat opposed and 12.7 percent were strongly opposed, for a combined percentage of 27.6 percent. Almost as many, 22 percent, were unsure. The poll results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

“Republicans should be relatively happy with these numbers,” said Frank Orlando, political scientist and director of the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. Gorsuch received the support of 86.2 percent of the Republicans in the survey, plus just over half (50.2 percent) of independents, even though only 28 percent of Democrats supported Gorsuch.

“In an era when any […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Institute|0 Comments

Saint Leo University Poll Finds About Half of Floridians Project Their 2016 Annual Charitable Giving Will Repeat 2015 Contribution Levels

SAINT LEO, FL – Just about half of the respondents in a statewide survey conducted after Thanksgiving by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) anticipate their 2016 giving to charitable causes will be level with their 2015 contributions.

Specifically, 47.4 percent of the 501 respondents across the state said their total levels of 2016 giving would be “about the same” as the prior year. Another group, 18.8 percent, said their 2016 charitable giving would increase compared to 2015, while 13.6 said it would decrease.

Of the remaining respondents, 14.6 percent said they have not and will not be giving to charity in 2016, and 5.6 percent were unsure. The results were collected online from November 27 to November 30, 2016, and the margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

The 399 respondents who reported giving to charities were asked how they go about their decision making, and most of them strongly agreed (40.6 percent) or somewhat agreed (39.8 percent) that they research charities before donating. Specifically:

Donors strongly agreed (38.1 percent) or somewhat agreed (34.8 percent) that they check to see what percentages of charities’ budgets for actual programs or services before giving (total agreeing = 72.9 percent).
More than six in 10 had been negatively influenced by bad reviews; 32.8 percent strongly agreed and 33.1 percent somewhat agreed they had stopped giving to one or more charities over time because of poor reviews.
So-called “report cards” on charities were apparently not as broadly influential with donors. While 48.1 percent either strongly or somewhat agreed that they use report cards before donating, 47.4 percent disagreed strongly or disagreed somewhat. In practical terms, that is an even split between “yes” and “no” on report cards […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments

Annual Giving to Charities Will Hold Steady this Year, Nearly Half of Americans Report in New Saint Leo University Poll

SAINT LEO, FL – Just about half of the respondents in a national survey conducted after Thanksgiving by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) anticipate their 2016 giving to charitable causes will be level with their 2015 contributions.

Specifically, 48.2 percent of the 1,001 respondents nationwide said their total levels of 2016 giving would be “about the same” as the prior year. Another group, 18.8 percent, said their 2016 charitable giving would increase compared to 2015, while 12.6 said it would decrease.

Of the remaining respondents, 14.2 percent said they have not and will not be giving to charity in 2016, and 6.2 percent were unsure. The results were collected online from November 27 to November 30, 2016, and the margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The 796 respondents who reported giving to charities were asked how they go about their decision making, and most of them strongly agreed (39.7 percent) or somewhat agreed (41 percent) that they research charities before donating. Specifically:

Donors strongly agreed (38.1 percent) or somewhat agreed (33.2 percent) that they check to see what percentages of charities’ budgets for actual programs or services before giving (total agreeing = 71.3 percent).
More than six in 10 had been negatively influenced by bad reviews. Thirty percent strongly agreed and 32.5 percent somewhat agreed they had stopped giving to one or more charities over time because of bad reviews.
So-called “report cards” on charities were apparently not as broadly influential with donors. While 45.1 percent either strongly or somewhat agreed that they use report cards before donating, 47.2 percent disagreed strongly or disagreed somewhat. In practical terms, that is an even split between “yes” and “no” on report cards being relevant.

The […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments

Cybersecurity Emerges as a Political Concern as Well as Personal Issue in Latest Saint Leo University Poll

Professor offers concrete tips for those who may have been lax with their devices

SAINT LEO, FL – A new national survey from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) reveals more than half of Americans think the U.S. government is not doing enough to protect American citizens from cyber hacks specifically by the Russian government. These opinions were gathered shortly before new revelations that the U.S. intelligence community concluded that hacking conducted before the presidential election into Democratic and possibly Republican campaign computer accounts and various other email accounts was done to tilt the election toward Donald J. Trump.

The intelligence agencies had already suspected the Russians of the hacking before now. That was publicly known—the new part is that intelligence officials this month ascribed a motive of election meddling to the government of Vladimir Putin. After accounts were hacked, some previously confidential Democratic-related content was made public by WikiLeaks, the online publisher of secret information.

Since Russia and WikiLeaks emerged in the news about the breaches months ago, the Saint Leo University Polling Institute added pertinent questions on the digital intrigue to the cybersecurity portion of its nonpartisan 2016 survey, conducted online November 27 through November 30. The survey of 1,001 adults mostly focuses on Americans’ own personal computer safety habits—which could be improved.

The Russian government and WikiLeaks were covered in a section in which respondents were asked to read a statement and indicate whether they agreed, disagreed, or were unsure.

The statements and results were as follows:

 

Statement
Agreed
Disagreed
Unsure

The U.S. government is doing enough to protect U.S. citizens from hacks by groups like WikiLeaks
13.1%
57.7%
29.2%

The U.S. government is doing enough to protect U.S. citizens from hacks by the Russian government
12.9%
52.8%
34.3%

 

In the same section, respondents were also presented with a […]

By |December 13th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments

INFOGRAPHIC: Favorite Holiday Songs and Shows

By |December 12th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments

Favorite Christmas Movies, TV Shows Spotlighted in New Saint Leo University Poll

SAINT LEO, FL ­– Choosing a favorite Christmas movie or TV show can be a challenge. There is a movie about a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. Or how about a holiday movie plot with a suicidal man who sacrificed his dreams for the good of his small town and is guided by a guardian angel to see that he made a difference. Then there is a classic cartoon featuring beloved characters who take a stand against the commercialization of Christmas and find the real meaning of the holiday.

A new survey released by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) shows Miracle on 34th Street claimed the top spot as a Christmas favorite among 18 choices. It garnered 39.8.percent. The online poll surveyed 1,001 adults in the United States from November 27 through November 30, 2016.

The majority of poll respondents, 90.1 percent, said they celebrate Christmas. Those who celebrate the holiday were asked to name their favorite Christmas movies and TV shows. Multiple responses were accepted.

In a poll of 501 Florida residents, Miracle on 34th Street also was the No. 1 pick with 43.3 percent. Perhaps those who flocked from the North to the South fondly remember Christmas shopping at Macy’s in New York City, where the movie is set.

Second place went to the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life, which starred Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey. The USA network will air the movie on Friday, December 16, and it will air at 8 p.m., EST, Christmas Eve, on NBC. The movie, celebrating its 70th anniversary, earned second place in the national poll with 36.8 percent, while Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a 1964 stop motion animated television special, placed […]

By |December 12th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments

Favorite Christmas Tunes Ranked by Saint Leo University Poll Respondents

SAINT LEO, FL – Do you run screaming into the street when you hear the first note of Alvin and the Chipmunks’ Christmas Don’t Be Late? Does the sound of dogs barking Jingle Bells give you a nervous twitch?

Rest assured that most folks select an old classic—a very old classic dating back to 1818—when naming their favorite Christmas song.

A new survey released by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) shows Silent Night comes in first among 47 choices for the top Christmas song pick. The online poll surveyed 1,001 adults in the United States from November 27 through November 30, 2016, as many radio stations began playing holiday tunes.

The majority of poll respondents, 90.1 percent, said they do celebrate Christmas. Those people were asked to name their favorite Christmas carols. Multiple responses were accepted.

Three religious songs, focusing on the birth of Christ, and five secular songs make up the Top 8 in Saint Leo’s poll. Silent Night earned the top spot with 50.4 percent listing it as a favorite. Next, is the classic White Christmas. The song written by Irving Berlin garnered 48 percent. Coming in third was Jingle Bells with 44.4 percent.

Rounding out the top spots are O, Come, All Ye Faithful; Joy to the World; I’ll Be Home for Christmas; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Saint Leo’s poll of 501 adults in Florida, shows even those in the sunny south are pining for the frozen stuff with White Christmas coming in third with 48.4 percent while Jingle Bells was No. 1 with 49.7 percent. Silent Night came in a close second with 49 percent.

When Dr. Cynthia Selph was involved in planning music for contemporary services, she said […]

By |December 12th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments

Not All Election Wounds Healed, New Saint Leo University Poll Shows

But More Say They Are Mending Fences With Family, Friends

SAINT LEO, FL – A combative election season has left some strife among friends and families, a new survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) shows.

Respondents were asked if the contentious election cycle put them at odds with family or friends. Almost one-quarter, 23.8 percent, suggest they did find themselves in conflict with family/friends.

The national online poll of 1,001 adults was conducted from November 27 through November 30, 2016, and has a plus or minus 3.0 percent margin of error. A poll of 501 adults in Florida was taken at the same time and has a plus or minus 4.5 percent margin of error.

The political cycle overlapped this year with another set of topics that Saint Leo regularly explores. As a Catholic institution, Saint Leo University regularly polls on the impact of Pope Francis and his personal popularity. In the November poll, the pope continues to have a high favorability rating of 62.6 percent.

The post-election survey also asked about the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which was opened by Pope Francis in 2015, and which officially ended on November 20. Pope Francis called for continuing the year’s essence as a time of forgiveness and reconciliation. But those surveyed may not be ready to forgive.

Of those poll respondents who said they were estranged from friends and family because of the election, 40.6 percent say they have not forgiven those they are at odds with, 35.5 percent say they are working on forgiveness, 15.8 percent say they have forgiven some family and friends, and another 8.1 percent say they are unsure.

In Florida, more respondents say they have forgiven some folks—23.8 percent—and more say they are working on […]

By |December 7th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments