The White House can add Gallup to the growing collection of polls and job approval ratings showing that despite his impeachment in January, President Trump’s public standing is his best yet.
Gallup headlined Tuesday: “Trump Job Approval at Personal Best 49%.” What’s more, half of registered voters told the survey that they want Trump reelected.
The findings are notable because the survey firm usually pegs Trump’s rating below other surveys.
It is also significant because it validates multiple polls showing Trump’s approval ratings growing in the wake of impeachment. The highly watched RealClearPolitics “Trump Job Approval” is at 45.6%, just 0.4% off from the high posted shortly after his inauguration. His disapproval number is 51.7%, lower than recent averages.
Gallup delivered three points sure to bolster the White House:
- Approval among Republicans hits 94%.
- Half of registered voters say Trump deserves to be reelected.
- Sixty-three percent approving of his handling of the economy, which Gallup said, “is the highest economic approval rating not only for Trump, but for any president since George W. Bush enjoyed stratospheric job approval ratings in the first few months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.”
Still, they added, Democrats dislike the president in record numbers. “The 87-point gap between Republican and Democratic approval in the current poll is the largest Gallup has measured in any Gallup poll to date, surpassing the prior record, held by Trump and Barack Obama, by one point,” said the analysis.
Gallup said that the surging economy, as well as Trump’s move against Iran and his new trade deal, helped his numbers.
Trump has also helped the image of the Republican Party. It now has a 51% approval rating, up from 43% in September.
What’s more, Trump has reached a high point in his reelection, with half saying he deserves reelection and half not. It was 43% in November 2018, just before the midterm congressional elections.
The glowing Gallup report even suggested that Trump’s chances for reelection are good.
“If Trump’s higher approval rating is being driven by Americans giving him credit for improvements in the economy, his support may increase over the course of the year, as it did for Ronald Reagan in 1984, Clinton in 1996 and Barack Obama in 2012. All of those recent presidents held office during periods of sustained economic improvement and were re-elected with job approval ratings of better than 50%,” said Gallup.