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Introducing the Fishlinger Presidential Meter


The Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research at the College of Mount Saint Vincent is introducing a new report, the Fishlinger Presidential Meter. This measures whether U.S. adults aged 18 through 80 feel that President Trump should remain in office, resign, or be removed from office, as well as their likelihood of re-electing him in 2020.

In the period between January and July 2018, about half of the population feel he should remain in office for the reminder of his first term. About a third feel he should be removed with the reminder feeling he should resign. This is highly polarized by party.

Graphic titled: "Presidential Meter" featuring political affiliation.

There are also significant differences by gender with women being less likely to want him to remain president.

Graphic titled: "Presidential Meter" by men and women.

There are also significant differences by party affiliation and gender in terms of likelihood to vote for him for a second term in 2020.

Graphic titled: "Presidential Meter" regarding likelihood to vote again by gender and political views.

Subsequent reports will track these key measures over time.

Survey Methodology
In this study, the Fishlinger Center conducted online national surveys focusing on political issues in the United States. The fieldwork for the poll was conducted using a blended national panel form Survey Sampling, Inc. Interviews were conducted January 1-July 31, 2018. The credibility interval for 1,000 respondents is plus or minus four percentage points. The credibility interval is larger for subgroups and for differences between polls.

In addition to credibility interval, the polls are subject to other potential sources of error including, but not limited to coverage and measurement error. Data were rim weighted to match the national population on age, sex, Hispanic origin and race. Question wording and topline results are available at

About the Fishlinger Center for Public Policy
The Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research opened in February 2015 at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. The Center conducts deep and broad studies of public opinion on key public policy concerns through independent and objective research conducted by students, faculty, and other members of the academic community.

By providing a forum for discourse that can stimulate intelligent dialog about issues that deeply affect all Americans, the Center illustrates and enhances the relationship between the work of the College and the common good.

James F. Donius, Ph.D., director of the Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, is available to speak to members of the press about the survey, the Fishlinger Optimism Index™, and the Center. To arrange an interview, or for more information about the study, please contact Public Relations at

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.