Trump's economic approval hits highest level in a year as Americans remain split on impeachment

Key Points
  • Forty-five percent of Americans disapprove of Congress impeaching President Trump and 44% approve, according to the CNBC All-America Economic Survey.
  • The survey shows 49% of Americans approving of the president's handling of the economy, up from 42% in September and the highest level in a year.
  • The poll of 800 Americans nationwide was conducted Dec. 10-13.
President Donald Trump adjusts his jacket during a tour of Apple's Mac Pro manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, November 20, 2019.
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Ahead of a historic House vote that's expected to impeach President Donald Trump, a new CNBC All-America Economic Survey finds the nation evenly divided on the question, but about 1 in 5 Americans are either open to changing their mind or are unsure.

The poll of 800 Americans nationwide found that 45% disapprove of Congress impeaching Trump and 44% approve, little changed from September. Of those who have an opinion, 10% say they are open to changing their minds and 11% are unsure.

The poll, conducted Dec. 10-13, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The poll shows a massive partisan split, with 78% Democratic support for impeachment and 83% Republican opposition. Independents disapprove of impeachment by 46% to 41%.

Big economic approval

Trump's economic approval numbers surged back to their highest levels in a year.

The new numbers reverse a sharp decline from September's poll, which coincided with the House's decision to launch impeachment proceedings. The president's overall approval numbers also rebounded but remain deeply negative.

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The positive change in both approval ratings suggests the initial announcement of impeachment had a sharply negative effect on Americans' attitudes about the president, but numbers have now rebounded much closer to the average levels for the Trump presidency.

The survey shows 49% approving of the president's handling of the economy, up from 42% in September. Disapproval on the economy dropped to 40% from 50%. As a result, Trump's net economic approval rating swung from minus 8% in September (the first negative of his presidency) to plus 9%, a massive 17-point move for the series.

The president's overall approval rating also improved, but not nearly as much as on the economy. The survey finds 49% of Americans disapproving of the job Trump is doing and 40% approving. The minus 9% net approval number, however, is a strong improvement from minus 16% in the September survey.