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Trump hits highest approval rating of his presidency


Trump hits highest approval rating of his presidency

Trump hits highest approval rating of his presidency

The approval ratings reported here are based on Gallup Daily tracking averages for President Donald Trump in 2017 and 2018, and periodic multiday polls for Trump starting in 2019.

President Donald Trump hit his highest approval rating of 46 per cent in a Monday Gallup Poll.

In the first part of April he jumped to 45 per cent from the March approval of 39 per cent after Attorney General Bill Barr released a four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.

It jumped another per cent in this poll conducted April 17-30, landing him at a new high in Gallup’s record of his approval rating.

The latest was taken after a redacted version of Mueller’s Russia report was handed over to Congress and made public.

The report found no evidence that Trump, including his associates, administration or campaign, colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 elections. It was inconclusive on whether Trump obstructed justice throughout the almost two-year investigation.

Trump said the report fully exonerated him from all crimes, including obstruction, which Democrats claim there is enough evidence of to begin impeachment proceedings.

The 46 per cent approval also follows an April 5 strong jobs report, news that the U.S. gross domestic product increased by 3.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 and U.S. stocks reaching new highs.

Despite the new high, the poll was conducted during a period before reports that Mueller disputed the attorney general’s summary of the report, where Barr claimed the report found no collusion or obstruction.

Mueller claimed Barr misled the public in his classification of the report. Barr also appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week where he fielded questions regarding the report and his summary of it.

Both parties’ approval of the president have risen lately.

Among Republicans, Trump has 91 per cent approval, almost matching his record high of 92 per cent from November 2018.

Democrat approval remains relatively low with 12 per cent, which is still higher than usual, and matches their record high from April 2017.

Independents approval has not changed much and is at 37 per cent. The last approval rating among independent voters was at 39 per cent.

Rasmussen Reports released a new poll on April 9 where Trump’s approval hit 53 per cent.

The pollsters there have been tracking Trump’s approval since March 23, 2017, a bit over a month after he took office, and the latest was a high since the months directly after his inauguration.

Rasmussen has the only remaining daily presidential approval tracking poll and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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