After a first year marked by approval numbers averaging lower than most recent presidents, President Trump has been making some important gains in public perception — no doubt in large part due to promising trends in the economy, including a near 45-year low in the unemployment number, a surge in the GDP, and the tangible benefits of the Trump-signed $1.5 trillion tax cuts.
One of the most reliable national pollsters, Rasmussen, which only polls Likely Voters and thus has proved more accurate in many of its political forecasts, currently shows Trump as having surpassed President Obama in overall approval at the the same point in his presidency. Here’s Rasmussen’s summary of its current tracking poll findings:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 34% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (see trends).
Below is Rasmussen’s graph tracking Trump’s numbers since his inauguration:
Trump’s 48 – 53 is better than his predecessor’s approval numbers in the same poll at the same stage of his presidency. On February 8, 2010, Rasmussen found Obama at 46 – 54, 2 points lower in approval and 4 points higher in disapproval than Trump. Obama’s “strongly approve/disapprove” numbers were also worse: 26 – 41.
President Obama’s approval numbers fluctuated between 45 – 48 over the next week before briefly hitting 50%. For the rest of 2010, Obama’s approval hovered in the mid-40s; reaching 41 at its lowest and 50 at its highest.
Below is a segment of Rasmussen’s tracking poll chart, showing the approval gap, followed by the percentage of those who strongly approve, strongly disapprove, overall approval, and overall disapproval:
Rasmussen also recently found that Trump appears to be gaining ground in the “Russia collusion” narrative amid his public feud with key members of the intelligence community.