President Trump's approval rating remained steady this month, with 36% approving of the job he's doing as president, while 59% disapprove, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll.

Trump's favorability rating, however, dropped three points to -22, with 36% viewing his leadership favorably and 58% unfavorably.

The proprietary IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index — which combines results from job approval, favorability and leadership questions — dropped 3.3% this month to 38.5. Trump's average since he took office is 40.8.

The December IBD/TIPP includes results from 901 people surveyed nationwide from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4. It has a margin of error of +/-3.3 percentage points.

On a partisan basis, Trump's approval is 79% among Republicans, but just 3% among Democrats, and 33% among independents. Regionally, Trump's approval rating is highest among rural adults (45% approval), and lowest among urban dwellers (26% approval). Forty three percent of men approve of Trump's performance, while only 28% of women do.

Trump gets slightly higher rates when people are asked specifically about his handling of the economy and the threat of terrorism. On both, 40% give him either an excellent or good rating.

On the economy, Trump not surprisingly gets his highest rating from Republicans, 81% of whom give him top marks, and his lowest from Democrats, only 7% of whom say he's doing a good job.

Meanwhile, 53% say the economy is improving, which is unchanged from last month but up from 49% a year ago. Among investors, 57% say the economy is improving, compared with 47% of non-investors. And those making more than $75,000 are far more likely to think the economy is improving (60%) than those making under $30,000 (only 32% of whom say it is).

The poll also found that 41% say they are satisfied with the direction of the country — up from 35% in October — while 58% aren't satisfied.

Methodology: The December IBD/TIPP Poll was conducted Nov. 27-Dec. 4. It includes responses from 901 people nationwide, who were asked questions by live interviewers on phones. The poll's margin of error is +/-3.3 percentage points.

The IBD/TIPP Poll has been credited as being the most accurate poll in the past four presidential elections, and was one of only two that correctly predicted the outcome of the November elections.

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