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On the Rise: Trump’s Approval Rating, Americans’ Outlook

A pair of new polls shows Americans are approving of the job Trump is doing and are generally pleased with the direction of the country.

By NTK Staff | 05.08.2018 @1:00pm
On the Rise: Trump’s Approval Rating, Americans’ Outlook

President Donald Trump’s approval rating ticked up to 40 percent, according to a new poll released by CBS News on Tuesday. That’s a three-point jump from January’s poll, which showed just 37 percent of Americans approved of his job performance.

A majority of Americans (51 percent) approve of his handling of matters involving North Korea. On the economy, 47 percent approve and 46 percent disapprove. The issue that Americans disagree with Trump most strongly is immigration, with 57 percent saying they disagree with how he’s handled those matters.

Another poll, this one conducted by SSRS on behalf of CNN, found Trump with a similar 41-percent approval rating. That poll saw an across-the-board rise in approval for Trump’s handling on a number of key issues:

On the issues, however, Trump’s numbers are climbing. Approval is up 4 points on the economy to 52%, the first time it’s topped 50% since March 2017; up 5 points on foreign trade to 43% approval; and his numbers on immigration have improved 4 points since February, with 40% now approving. On handling foreign affairs, Trump’s approval rating tops 40% for the first time since April of 2017, though the increase since March is not statistically significant (42% approve currently).

But perhaps the best number for the Trump administration is the percentage of Americans, who say the country is on the right track, particularly among Democrats:

The President’s improving issue ratings come amid a sharp rise in positive impressions of how the country is doing. Overall, 57% say things are going well in the US today — up from 49% saying the same in February — which is the largest proportion to say so since January of 2007.

That shift, as well as some of the improvement in Trump’s issue approvals, stems from more positive ratings from Democrats. In the new poll, 40% of Democrats say things in the US are going well, up from 25% who said so in February. Democrats’ approval rating for Trump’s handling of the economy is up 11 points to 26%.

With six months to go until the 2018 midterms, these are welcome signs for Republicans hoping to retain majorities in the House and Senate.

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