About half of Americans view the President favorably, according to Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll. They’re evidently a little more friendly to Trump than Gallup is. Gallup has had Trump in the 40s for most of the time, dipping as low as 35 percent and jumping as high as 46 percent right after the inauguration.
Rasmussen had him as high as 59 percent right after the inauguration, and as low as 42 percent. According to Rasmussen, it all depends on how the question is asked and to whom it’s being asked. From Rasmussen:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.
This is the first time the president’s overall approval rating has been back in the 50s in nearly a month. Just after his inauguration, Trump’s job approval peaked at 59% and remained in the 50s every day until early March. It’s gone as low as 42% since then.
The latest figures for Trump include 30% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (see trends).
Probably the Syria missile strike had a lot to do with his ratings rebound. His actions there gave him credibility and respect in the eyes of the mainstream media, perhaps for the first time ever.
Another notable factor is Steve Bannon’s waning role of influence and Jared Kushner’s rise. Everyone knows how much the media despised Steve Bannon, a man they’ve characterized as anything from a racist, anti-government neo-Nazi, to the ‘real’ President, due to what’s perceived as his undue influence over Trump.
Ever since Bannon’s taken a back seat, and the President has not spoken highly of him, the media’s backed off in their usual vitriolic criticism of him. Yes, they still criticize him where they can, but not to the extent they used to.
It seems Trump was strongly advised to take these actions in order to raise his approval ratings. Bannon was his chief political strategist, and during those times, the media despised everything Trump did. But his voters supported him. Now that his son-in-law is taking over and advising him in the other direction, his supporters have started to ‘lose faith.’ But at least the media and political establishment are starting to like him.
Kushner will likely be advising him not to rock the boat, not to change things radically, if at all. Speak well of NATO and NAFTA, leave Obamacare alone, drop the border wall issue, bomb a couple more countries, you know, become the ‘typical’ president. And then everyone who matters will love him.
Doing the right thing – especially for those in high public office – is never popular.
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