Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump's approval rating hits record high

Trump's approval rating hits record high

Boosted by the strong economy, President Donald Trump has hit the highest approval level of his presidency in the latest Washington Post - ABC News poll.

"Trump's approval rating among voting-age Americans stands at 44 percent, edging up from 39 percent in April, with 53 percent saying they disapprove of him", the Post reports.

Mr Trump's approval rating stands at 44 percent among the full sample of U.S. adults reached in the Washington Post-ABC poll, increasing from 39 percemt in a similar poll conducted in April, with 53 percent saying they disapprove of Mr Trump. Asked how much credit Trump deserves for the state of the economy, 47% of respondents say a "great deal" or a "good amount".

About Trump's handling of the economy, 51 percent said they liked his performance, although more disapproved of the way he handled other issues, ranging from taxes to global warming.

The poll found that a large majority, 65-percent, agree that Trump has "acted in a way that's unpresidential", while only 28-percent say his behavior is "fitting and proper" for a president.

Trump's approval rating is tempered by his match-ups against numerous potential Democratic presidential candidates now eyeing a nomination. Support for impeachment has dropped 12 percentage points since August 2018 in the poll.

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Along with the positive development for Trump in his approval, particularly among registered voters, Trump has become increasingly competitive against prospective Democratic opponents: The poll found that only Biden now holds a lead over Trump among registered voters that surpasses the margin of error.

In a head-to-head matchup with the Democratic presidential candidates, Joe Biden leads Trump by 14 percentage points, Sen. The other potential opponents didn't fare almost as well: Vermont Sen.

Biden, the current front-runner in the Democratic primary race, held a 13 percentage-point lead over Trump, 53-40 percent, according to the national poll by Quinnipiac University.

Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders saw a one point advantage over the President (49 percent Mr Sanders to 48 percent Mr Trump) and the President tied Massachusetts Sen Elizabeth Warren at 48 percent and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 47 percent.

See the full Washington Post/ABC news poll results here.

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