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Trump hits record high 49 percent job approval: Gallup

President Donald J. Trump signs the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in front of the South Portico of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
February 04, 2020

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has hit an all-time high in Gallup’s latest poll released on Tuesday.

In total, the pollster reported Trump at a 49 percent approval, 50 percent disapproval, while one percent of respondents remained undecided. The new Gallup numbers represent Trump’s most favorable numbers since the pollster began measuring the president’s job approval in January 2017 when he took office.

Trump has reportedly gained favorability among Republicans and independent voters since early January. Among Republicans, Trump’s approval rose six points to 94 percent. Independent support for Trump rose five points to 42 percent overall; a three-way tie for all-time high among that demographic.

Among Democrats, Trump’s approval fell from 10 percent to seven percent.

The latest Gallup numbers were gathered by pollsters from Jan. 16 to 29.

The president’s latest approval rating comes amid Democratic efforts in recent months to impeach him. The impeachment case has centered around Trump’s alleged efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate claims that Joe Biden forced the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor looking into his son’s Ukrainian oil company.

Trump’s approval among Gallup polling dipped to about 39 percent in October as the impeachment process began to take shape. His latest numbers suggest a 10-point rise between that October 2019 low point and the end of January 2020.

The Gallup poll also found 52 percent of Americans were in favor of acquitting Trump of the impeachment charges, while 46 percent favored his conviction and removal from office.

Gallup suggested Trump’s approval may have also been bolstered by recent economic successes on trade and the economy. In another recent poll, Gallup reported that Americans had the highest confidence in the economy since 2000.

Trump recently signed two major trade deals into law. On Jan. 15, Trump signed a phase one trade agreement with China. On Jan. 29, Trump signed the USMCA trade deal with Mexico and Canada, resulting in back-to-back trade deals even as the U.S. Senate went through Trump’s impeachment trial.

Gallup also recorded a 53 percent approval for the early January strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani — a strike that Trump ordered.

According to the latest Real Clear Politics (RCP) average of polls for his approval, Trump has an average 45 percent approval and 52 percent disapproval. The numbers list him at about 7 points underwater among the average of all polls. In October, the average of polls saw Trump underwater by 13.6 points, at 41.6 percent approval against 55 percent disapproval.

Trump had seen a slightly closer spread among the RCP average on Jan. 26, with an average 45.6 percent approval against a 51.7 percent disapproval.