President Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Ties Highest Point In His Presidency, Says Gallup Poll

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45 Percent Approve of Donald Trump Job As President

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating averaged 45% in Gallup polling last week, tying his personal high. His previous 45% rating occurred in the first week after he was inaugurated as president.

WASHINGTON D.C. –  President Donald Trump’s job approval rating averaged 45% in Gallup polling last week, tying his personal high. His previous 45% rating occurred in the first week after he was inaugurated as president.

Improved views of Trump last week may stem from his high-profile meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held early in the week.

While high for Trump, his 45% job approval rating last week is below the historical average of 53% for all presidents in Gallup polling since 1945. Throughout his term, Trump’s job approval ratings have ranked well below those of other presidents at similar points in their presidencies.

Trump’s job approval rating has averaged 39% since the start of his term. However, it has been 40% or higher since late April as the U.S. unemployment rate has hit lows not seen in decades, and the U.S. and North Korea moved toward talks designed to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

The recent increase in Trump’s approval puts his rating on par with those for several other presidents during June in their second years in office. These include Barack Obama (46%), Bill Clinton (46%), Ronald Reagan (45%) and Jimmy Carter (43%). Other elected presidents had significantly higher approval ratings during the same month, including Dwight Eisenhower (62%), John Kennedy (70%), Richard Nixon (55%), George H.W. Bush (68%) and George W. Bush (73%).

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Independents’ Job Approval Eclipses 40%

Trump has averaged 87% job approval from his fellow Republicans thus far in his second year in office, up from 83% in his first year. That has helped keep his overall job approval at or above 40% among all Americans during much of 2018. During the past two weeks, 90% of Republicans have approved of Trump. The only other time Trump has had 90% approval among his fellow partisans was during the week of his State of the Union address.

This past week saw an increase in approval among independents to 42% — up from 35% the prior week — which tied for the highest Trump has registered among this group to date. It is only the fourth week in Trump’s presidency in which 40% or more of independents have approved of the job he is doing.

His job approval ratings remain very low among Democrats, currently at 10%.

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