New polls show a surge in President Donald Trump’s popularity. The numbers are way higher than Obama’s was.
Trump’s job approval rating this month hit 43 percent, according to the latest Gallup poll. That’s an increase from 39 percent last month, and slightly above his average for the year of 42 percent.
The poll shows that Democrats, who have portrayed themselves as the “resistance” to Trump throughout his presidency, are still largely opposed to the president. Only 5 percent of Democrats surveyed by Gallup said they approve of the job Trump has been doing.
The percentage of Democrats telling Gallup they approve of Trump has only hit double digits once this year. That was in April after former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report cleared Trump of charges his campaign colluded with Russia in 2016.
Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Surpasses Obama’s, Not Just on Rasmussen Reports https://t.co/AWbT0at2Eh
— Jim Ledbetter (@BigJimLedbetter) September 19, 2019
The poll shows tremendous support for Trump from Republicans, with 91 percent approving of the job he is doing in Washington.
Although Trump’s numbers have fluctuated throughout 2019, the loyalty of Trump’s GOP base can be seen in the fact that Republicans’ approval of Trump has never fallen below 87 percent in any Gallup poll this year.
Independent voters, who have handed Trump approval ratings ranging from 31 percent to 39 percent throughout the year, weighed in with a 38 percent approval rating in September.
Gallup noted that the 86-point gap in approval ratings between how Republicans view Trump and how Democrats see him ties the highest gap ever recorded.
Trump has hit the mark three times, while former President Barack Obama also had an 86-point gap in October 2012, when only 6 percent of Republicans viewed him favorably and 92 percent of Democrats did so.
Gallup was not the only polling outlet to give Trump good news this week. Rasmussen Reports, which provides a daily tracking poll of Trump’s approval rating, had the president at 51 percent or higher on two occasions this week, prompting a tweet from Trump.
“Thank you, working hard!” Trump tweeted.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019