President Donald Trump’s approval rating has topped 50 percent, according to the Rasmussen Report’s daily tracking poll.
“Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove,” reads Rasmussen’s report on their poll. “The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -6.”
Rasmussen Reports is now the only nationally recognized public opinion firm that still tracks President Trump’s job approval ratings on a daily basis, the company notes.
President Trump in a tweet yesterday reiterated that the Justice Department should end the Special Counsel’s investigation into whether there were “links and/or coordination” between the Russian Government and his 2016 campaign.
Stemming from that investigation, the trial of former Trump campaign manager and business associate Paul Manafort enters its third day in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. Will the trial lead to criminal charges against the president? We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters say.
Nearly half of voters don’t believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is worth what it has spent (more than $22 million as of July, according to one report) investigating allegations of Russian collusion in the 2016 election, and few believe the outcome will benefit the United States.
Vice President Mike Pence yesterday led a ceremony in Honolulu to receive the remains of U.S. servicemen killed during the Korean War. Their return resulted from President Trump’s June summit in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Voters are only slightly more positive about the president’s dealings with North Korea but are cautiously optimistic about the denuclearization deal Trump and Kim have signed. As is often the case, however, partisan affiliation makes a huge difference in perceptions.
While his daily approval rating is 50% today, President Trump has earned a monthly job approval of 46% in July.
According to the Real Clear Politics tracking lists, Trump’s approval is not quite as high as Rasmussen’s reckoning, but, as Rasmussen notes, the other services do not poll daily on the president’s approval rating.
On the same day that Rasmussen released its 50 percent result, RCP shows Fox News giving Trump a 46 percent approval, the Harvard-Harris poll finding his rating at 45 percent, Reuters/Ipsos found 44 percent, the Economist/YouGuv poll afforded a 43 percent rating, and several others rated him below those giving Trump an averaged rating of 43.5 percent approval.
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