President Trump's approval rating continues to climb




 

President Donald Trump's job approval numbers continue to climb, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

After an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll published Monday put Trump's approval rating at 46 percent among registered voters, his RCP average rose to 44.4 percent, his highest mark since October 2018 following the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump's highest RCP average of his presidency came was 46 percent after his inauguration. Two months later, it dropped below 44 percent and only briefly returned above that level in May, June and October of 2018.

Despite that improvement, the numbers still indicate the president is vulnerable heading into the 2020 election. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 41 percent of registered voters plan to vote for Trump while 48 percent said they plan to vote for whoever ends up becoming the Democratic candidate. And Trump's disapproval rating remained high at 52 percent, although that was an improvement from the 54 percent the poll found in January and December.

When asked if it is more important that the 2020 Democratic nominee is able to defeat Trump than reflect their personal views on the issues, 40 percent of voters who plan to cast ballots in the Democratic primary said beating Trump is more important. Fifty-six percent said the candidate's policy positions are more important.

Altogether, 41 percent of registered voters said they plan to vote for Trump in 2020 while 48 percent said they preferred to vote for a generic Democratic candidate. By contrast, at about this point in former President Barack Obama's presidency, 45 percent of voters said they planned to vote for Obama while 40 percent preferred a generic Republican candidate.

Trump's rising poll numbers come despite the record 35-day government shutdown, which most voters blamed on Trump, and opposition to his use of an emergency declaration to secure funding to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The poll was conducted from Feb. 24 to 27, so it does not necessarily reflect the impact if any, that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's testimony to Congress might have on Trump's approval rating. Cohen called the president a "racist," a "liar" and a "cheat," and implicated the president in a number of illegal acts.

More: Government shutdown cost $6 billion. That's more than Trump wanted for the border wall

Follow William Cummings on Twitter @wccummings.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: President Trump's approval rating continues to climb

COMMENTS

More Related News

Trump
Trump 'Go Back' Tweets at Progressive Congresswomen Spark Furor

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump sparked a furor on Sunday by suggesting that four progressive female Democratic lawmakers, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, should return to the "broken and crime infested places from which they came."Democrats said the president was being racist and divisive. Three of the four women Trump was apparently referencing were born in the U.S.; none are white. The comments, made in a three-tweet string early Sunday, seem aimed at first-term Representatives Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. "The Squad," as the quartet is known, has been engaged in an intraparty...

French President Emmanuel Macron announces creation of French space force
French President Emmanuel Macron announces creation of French space force

On the eve of Bastille Day celebrations, Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a French space force command within the French air force.

There are 2 dozen 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, but it
There are 2 dozen 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, but it's really only a 5 person race

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg are the only 2020 candidates who have consistently polled viably.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and an eco legacy not his own
AP FACT CHECK: Trump and an eco legacy not his own

President Donald Trump and his aides this past week celebrated an environmental legacy that is not theirs to claim. In large measure, the progress they cited pre-dates Trump's presidency. Trump's veterans affairs chief cited improvements in waiting times and quality of care at VA health centers

Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin Sunday
Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin Sunday

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday. Matthew Albence, the agency's acting director, said targets were on an "accelerated docket" of immigration court cases for predominantly Central Americans who recently arrived at the U.S. border in unprecedented numbers. "This family operation is nothing new," Albence told The Associated Press.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.