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Poll: Trump Approval at Highest Point of His Presidency

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds President Trump’s popularity continuing to climb, even amid the fallout from his recent press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helskinki:

According to the Wall Street Journal:

President Donald Trump’s approval rating edged higher during a week in which he faced withering criticism following a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, signaling that he is positioned to weather the latest controversy sparked by his unusual brand of politics.

Mr. Trump’s job approval rating rose to 45% in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the highest mark of his presidency and up 1 percentage point from June. The survey was taken over a four-day period that started July 15, a day before Mr. Trump’s news conference with Mr. Putin in which he questioned the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

Underpinning Mr. Trump’s job approval was support from 88% of Republican voters. Of the four previous White House occupants, only George W. Bush, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, had a higher approval rating within his own party at the same point in his presidency.

Trump average approval rating in all polls now stands at 43.4 percent, according to RealClearPolitics. Obama’s average approval rating at the same point in his presidency was just 46.2 percent, though his disapproval rating of 47.2 percent was well below Trump’s which is at 52.6 percent.

Trump Approval Rating Hits Five-Month High

After signing the Republican tax bill into law December 22, President Trump’s approval rating reached a level not seen since mid-July, with 39 percent saying they like his performance as president, according to Gallup. It’s not too far off the high of 45 percent he held upon entering office.

Trump maintains the approval of 82 percent of Republicans, 34 percent of independents, and 9 percent of Democrats.

During the same period in 2009, Barack Obama’s approval rating stood at 51 percent.