President Donald Trump has hit his highest approval rating since taking office in January 2017, a new poll from Gallup found.

The poll found that 49% of Americans approve of President Trump’s job performance, and 50% disapprove of how he has handled his presidency.

President Trump’s numbers are substantially better than his previous approval ratings, which bottomed out at 35% in September of 2017 when 60% of Americans disapproved of his job performance. As recently as October 2019, President Trump’s job approval sat at just 39% with a 57% disapproval rating. 

The marked increase in Americans approving of President Trump’s job performance is due to four reasons according to Gallup. Since the poll also found that 52% of Americans favor acquitting Trump of the impeachment charges against him while 46% favor convicting him, the Democrat’s effort to impeach and remove Trump from office could be a part of the reason. 

Trump’s recent military action against Iran could be another factor since “more Americans in the new poll approve (53%) than disapprove (45%) of the U.S. military action that resulted in the death of a leading Iranian military general.”

In addition, “During the poll’s field period, Trump also signed the United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.” And finally, “Americans’ confidence in the economy is higher than at any point in the past two decades.” According to Gallup, all of these factors combined give the reasons behind why President Trump’s approval rating hit the new high, according to Gallup.

The Blaze reported, “Trump wouldn’t be the first president to see his numbers jump after being impeached. To put things in historical context, Gallup noted that former President Bill Clinton also saw an approval rating spike after the House voted to impeach him.”

The President’s job approval is 3% points higher than President Barack Obama’s was at this time in his presidency. At this point in his first term, 46% of Americans approved of President Obama’s handling of the presidency and 47% disapproved.

The poll surveyed 1,033 people and was conducted from January 16-29. The margin of sampling errors was 4 percentage points.


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