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Trump’s Approval Rating Up to 44%, Jumped 7 Points Since January Shutdown

The pollsters at Gallup found that the president’s approval rating forcefully rebounded in February following the conclusion of the partial government shutdown.

By NTK Staff | 02.13.2019 @9:17am
Trump’s Approval Rating Up to 44%, Jumped 7 Points Since January Shutdown

President Donald Trump saw a sharp uptick of support in the latest Gallup poll released on Wednesday. The poll indicated that Trump’s approval rating is up to 44 percent, higher than it’s been at any point since October.

The approval rating is notable, particularly given that Gallup’s last reading in January amidst the partial government shutdown, was 37 percent. The February poll showed a seven-point leap for Trump in a few short weeks.

His current approval is just one percentage point shy of his personal best, achieved twice in his presidency — in the first week of his term and in June 2018, after his meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump’s job approval rating was up significantly throughout the survey field period, including in the days before and after his Feb. 5 State of the Union address. Accordingly, it is more likely that his decision to end the shutdown was the primary factor in his improved rating.

According to Gallup, the big swing in Trump’s favor was from independent voters whose opinion of the president increased by six points since January.

Americans are also optimistic about the state of the economy and Trump’s role in helping improve it. Gallup noted that 52 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the economy.

That should come as little surprise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report on January jobs numbers showed the U.S. economy adding 304,000 jobs that month, shattering expectations. Unemployment, meanwhile, is just 4 percent.

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