To say that President Trump’s first few months in office have been tumultuous would be the understatement of the millennium. The first few months of his presidency have been marked by agitation, protests, riots, and literal insanity. What’s most upsetting is that while some of this was avoidable (stop the ill-conceived tweets), President Trump had no way of avoiding most of the chaos that the Democrats and the media have aimed at him, indeed much of it began before his inauguration.
Because of the almost constant negative attention that has been swirling around the President, including criminal investigations into multiple issues (there is still no evidence of any wrongdoing), and in part due to his polarizing personality, President Trump has remained mired in historically LOW approval ratings. However, those ratings seem to have settled around 40-42% over the last month or so, as investigations have failed to uncover any evidence that the President actually did something wrong. He’s also avoided the mistakes of his first few weeks in office, and he’s won some major points for his handling of foreign affairs and his domestic achievements. All of these things have worked together to entrench his supporters and detractors in their own camps.
But the momentum seems to be shifting…
The latest Rasmussen poll shows President Trump hitting an important 50% approval for the first time in months!
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.
This is the first time the president’s overall approval rating has hit the 50% mark since late April. His approval rating has ranged from a high of 59% in late January shortly after he took office to a low of 42% in early April.
The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11.
You may be inclined to discount the Rasmussen poll as an outlier, because it is the highest rating the President has received among all of the major pollsters, but you should keep in mind that Rasmussen was the 2nd most accurate pollster of this past election cycle.
RCP’s latest sample of polls: CNBC has Trump with a 37% approval. Gallup has him at 38%. Economist/YouGov has him at 42%. Reuters/Ipsos has him at 40%. PPP has him at 41%.