Gallup’s latest poll this week found that President Donald Trump has not only held his level of popularity but increased his popularity. Those approving his job performance are now at 49%. While 50% disapprove—1% expressed no opinion—the approval level is actually better than the polling numbers of President Barack Obama at this time in his term. Obama was polling at that time at 46%. We have been discussing how the polling shows no real change on the position of most voters on impeachment. Yet, despite a brutal two weeks of an impeachment trial, Trump has become more popular. It may reflect that most people did not watch the trial or follow its progression.
The rise for this last high point of 46% in April 2019 is not huge but it is remarkable that it has occurred on eve of the conclusion of the impeachment trial.
Once again, the Republican polling is off the charts with 94% Republicans expressing support — again his highest level.
The lack of Democratic approval and the divide in the country is equally breathtaking. Just 7 percent of Democrats approve of Trump’s performance.