Some Welcome Polling News For Trump
Though he's still struggling mightily in several key national surveys, President Donald Trump has seen some positive movement in one widely respected poll: Rasmussen's presidential daily tracking poll shows Trump finally back up to 50% after several weeks stuck in the mid to low-40s.
Since late April, Trump has faced an approval gap in Rasmussen's tracking poll of likely U.S. voters, but he's finally managed to climbed back out of the red — now dead even, with 50% approving and 50% disapproving. Rasmussen reports:
This is the first time the president’s overall approval rating has hit the 50% mark since late April. His approval rating has ranged from a high of 59% in late January shortly after he took office to a low of 42% in early April.
In an important approval indicator, those who feel "strongly" either way, Rasmussen found that Trump is still underwater by 11 points, which is at least an improvement over some of his sizable deficits in May and April:
The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11. (see trends).
One particular factor that may be helping Trump somewhat voter optimism about the state of the economy, which "has soared to new highs."
In its analysis of the poll, Rasmussen points out that many voters appear to be on Trump's side when it comes to both former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, whom a majority believe should be investigated for potentially interfering with Comey's investigation into Hillary Clinton last year.
Though Rasmussen's numbers are promising, Trump is still far behind in several other polls, including Gallup's, which tends to provide rather pessimistic results for Trump. Currently, Real Clear Politics' average of the key polls gives Trump a -13.7-point gap: 39.9% approval, 53.6% disapproval. Below is RCP's latest data:
Rasmussen survey information: Daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. To reach those who have abandoned traditional landline telephones, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview randomly selected participants from a demographically diverse panel. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 1,500 Likely Voters is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Results are also compiled on a full-week basis and crosstabs for full-week results are available for Platinum Members.