New polling indicates that U.S. President Donald Trump’s approval rating has steadily improved, hitting its highest level in months. One survey attributed the bump to Americans’ overall approval of the economy.
On Feb. 4, the Gallup daily tracking poll found that 40 percent of national adults approved of Trump, while 57 percent disapproved. The data marked the first time that Trump had reached 40 percent approval in the tracking poll since September 2017.
By comparison, Gallup found that former U.S. President Barack Obama had an approval rating of 50 percent and a disapproval rating of 44 percent on Feb. 3, 2010, the equivalent time in his presidency.
On Feb. 7, a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 40 percent of registered voters approved of Trump’s job performance and 55 percent disapproved. Though that showed Trump’s approval underwater by a net 15 percentage points, it still signaled his highest popularity in over half a year. The last time Quinnipiac measured Trump at 40 percent or higher was in June 2017.
70 percent of respondents said that the U.S. economy was excellent or good. 48 percent attributed the state of the economy to Trump’s policies, while 41 percent believed that Obama was primarily responsible.
Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Tim Malloy asserted that positive views on the economy had fueled Trump’s numbers.
“The post State of the Union bump kicks in,” Malloy said. “And an attaboy on the economy doubles the pleasure for President Donald Trump. He’s at 40 percent in his approval rating for the first time in more than seven months, but he’s still nowhere near that magic 50 percent mark.”
The survey also indicated growing support of the GOP overhaul of the U.S. tax code. While only 32 percent of voters approved and 52 percent disapproved of the tax plan on Jan. 11, the latest survey found that 39 percent gave positive marks to the bill, with 47 percent viewing it negatively.
The data indicated that public perception of Trump’s signature legislation so far in his presidency remains dim but steadily improving. 45 percent of respondents approved of Trump’s handling of taxes, while 47 percent disapproved.
Voters were less enthusiastic about Trump’s performance on several other issues. 37 percent supported the president’s foreign policy, while 57 percent were against. Further, 39 percent approved his handling of immigration, while 58 percent disapproved.
The poll found that a slight plurality of voters believed that Trump is bigoted in how he treats his constituents. 49 percent said the president is racist, while 46 percent disagreed.
RealClearPolitics, after aggregating nine national surveys released between Jan. 19 and Feb. 7, found that Trump had an average approval rating of 42 percent and an average disapproval of 54 percent.