Trump’s approval hits two-year high and tops his popular vote finish in 2016 despite impeachment talk as 48 per cent of Americans say he’s doing a good job
- Trump’s overall approval ratings is 48 per cent in a Harvard-Harris poll
- That’s his best showing in 2 years and beats the 46.1 per cent he got in 2016
- President’s good marks are heavily dependent on strength of U.S. economy
- 71% say the economy is strong; 61% approve of Trump’s performance on jobs
- But just 37 per cent say they will vote for him in 2020, suggesting a tough road
New poll numbers are giving the White House a public boost as Donald Trump weathers a storm of Democrats’ demands for his political head.
Largely on the strength of a robust job market, the president is getting positive marks from 48 per cent of registered voters in a Harvard-Harris Poll survey.
That’s a two-year high, and better than the 46.1 per cent of votes he won nationwide when he captured the White House in 2016.
Fifty-two percent of voters still say they disapprove of the president’s job performance, however. And just 37 per cent said they would definitely or probably vote for Trump in 2020.
President Donald Trump, pictured Thursday at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony, is polling at a two-year high just as Democrats are publicly pondering a move to impeach him
Donald Trump is presiding over a robust economy that has strong public support, but that isn’t generating a similar level of enthusiasm about his re-election hopes in 2020
An unnamed Democratic opponent got 42 per cent support, and 9 per cent said they would support a third-party candidate.
But the U.S. economy’s robust job marketplace is sending Harris’s pollsters the same overall positive results as those gathered by Rasmussen Reports, a traditionally more Trump-friendly survey that also has his approval rating at 48 per cent.
Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers announced this month that the nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 in April, the lowest number recorded since the end of 1969.
The president’s 48 per cent approval comes largely on the strength of 71 per cent of Americans who see the economy as strong and the 61 per cent who believe Trump is doing a good job on employment policy; Last month’s U.S. unemployment rate was the best in nearly 50 years
‘The unemployment rate for adult women (20+) reached 3.1 percent in April, its lowest rate since 1953,’ the CEA said. ‘The unemployment rate for Hispanics fell to 4.2 percent, the lowest rate since the series began in 1973. The unemployment rate for individuals with only a high school degree fell to 3.5 percent, matching the lowest rate since 2000.’
‘The unemployment rate for those with a disability fell to 6.3 percent in April, the lowest rate since the series began in 2008. Additionally, the unemployment rate for veterans fell to 2.3 percent, the lowest rate since the series began in 2000.’
May’s unemployment numbers are expected on Monday.
A record 62 per cent of voters surveyed said they approve of how Trump is handling employment issues, and 59 per cent approve of his economic performance overall.
A whopping 71 per cent said they believe the nation’s economy is strong.
Trump might have to temper his optimism if public approval doesn’t translate to Election Day votes: Just 37 per cent of Americans believe they will choose him at the ballot box in 2020
April’s job numbers showed historic low unemployment for many U.S. demographics including blacks, Hispanics and non-college graduates
The Hill newspaper first reported the numbers from Harris Poll.
Trump’s warning signs include a few indications that jobs numbers might not be enough to win him a second termin the White House.
A narrow majority of voters, 52 per cent, say they disapprove of how he’s handling immigration, the issue that drove more supporters to the polls in 2016 than any other.
And despite the positive economic outlook that has 51 per cent of voters saying it’s headed in the right direction, only 39 per cent of voters believe the U.S. is ‘on the right track’ overall.
An average of polls maintained by Real Clear Politics has the president broadly polling at 43.1 per cent approval.