About half the commercial real estate professionals responding to a recent National Real Estate Investor survey on the heels of the longest-ever federal government shutdown said they approved of President Donald Trump’s overall job performance.
Of the 1,380 respondents, 50.3% said they approved of Trump’s performance, while 45.5% disapproved and 4.1% were undecided.
A Rasmussen Reports poll for around the same period found similar numbers among the general public. Forty-nine percent of likely U.S. voters approved of Trump’s job performance, and the same proportion disapproved, the poll found.
The approval rating for the latest NREI survey, which was taken between Jan. 28 and Feb. 7, was higher than the 43.4% approval rating the CRE pros gave the president in NREI’s last poll in June.
When it came to the 35-day shutdown that ended January 25, 24.5% of respondents told NREI they believed it had impacted CRE, while 43% said there was no impact and 32.5% were uncertain. Over 45% said Trump had the greatest responsibility for the shutdown.
Forty-two percent of respondents to the February NREI poll identified themselves as Republicans, 16% as Democrats, 38% as independents and 3.7% as “other.”
What should be most important on the president’s legislative agenda according to the CRE professionals? That would be the infrastructure improvement plan, which 62.3% of respondents ranked a top priority.