Is President Trump's approval rating on the rise?

11 February, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • President Trump's approval ratings are improving

While it's hard to peg an increase in the president's approval rating to any specific event, some news items over the last few months may have helped boost Mr. Trump.

57 percent disapprove of Trump's foreign policy efforts; 37 percent approve. Most Republican voters, 53 percent, also disapprove of how the Federal Bureau of Investigation is handling its job -- though voters overall disagree on this point, too.

47 percent disapprove of the way he has handled taxes; 45 percent approve. (The most recent Gallup and CNN polls also show Trump at 40%, while recent polling from Fox News and Monmouth has also shown Trump's scores on the rise.) And for the first time, voters say Trump, rather than former President Barack Obama, is primarily responsible for the state of the economy, 48% for Trump vs. 41% for Obama. But ask GOP voters, and it's the polar opposite.

40 percent of American voters approve of the job Trump is doing - the highest since a poll taken June 29, 2017.

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Over the objections of the FBI, which cited national security concerns, the Republicans released their highly controversial "bombshell" memo that was suppose to blow holes in the Robert Mueller investigation and all but exonerate President Trump. In a separate probe, 56 percent said the probe is fair and only 28 percent disagreed.

Today, according to the same aggregator, Mr. Trump's average approval rating is 42.4 percent, and his average disapproval rating is 53.8 percent - a net negative of just 11.4 percent. Yes, the Mueller investigation must be allowed to proceed unimpeded, and the scurrilous attacks against the FBI and Department of Justice must end.

The Economist/YouGov poll surveyed 1,320 registered voters between February 4 and February 6, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.

85 percent of Republicans say he is not a racist, while 84 percent of Democrats say he is.

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