According to, of all things, a CNN poll released on Wednesday, President Trump’s overall approval rating is currently at its highest level in two years, and the highest since last April.
Trump clocked in at a 43 percent approval rating in this week’s poll, the highest since another CNN poll which was conducted in April 2017. That was right around the 100-day mark of his presidency.
The economic growth and low unemployment levels played a big role in the boost. CNN is historically on the low end of the approval ratings, with Rasmussen’s recent poll putting President Trump at a 49 percent approval rating.
According to The Hill:
Trump’s 43 percent approval rating is the highest since a CNN poll conducted in April 2017 around the 100-day mark of his presidency. His disapproval rating stands at 52 percent in the new survey.
The president’s job approval rating now includes roughly half — 46 percent — of all independents and 86 percent of Republicans. Only 5 percent of Democrats gave Trump a favorable performance review.
In addition, 59 percent of respondents said they do not feel that Trump should be impeached and removed from office, compared to 37 percent who said he should be ousted.
The poll comes after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller released a redacted version of the report last month, which stated that the special counsel was unable to “conclusively determine” that no criminal conduct occurred regarding whether Trump obstructed justice.
Nearly half of the CNN poll’s respondents — 48 percent — said they believed Trump committed obstruction of justice during the course of the investigation, compared to 45 percent who said he did not.
Another 58 percent of polled individuals want Congress to investigate the possible obstruction of justice charges stemming from the vague language in the Mueller report.
Also, 61 percent of those polled would like their representatives to pursue legal action in order to attempt to obtain the full, underacted Mueller report.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 2, 2019
Might I remind the 61 percent here that the only redactions were made for national security and personal safety reasons, as no charges were filed. That’s how it works, and only about 8 percent of the entire report was redacted, including only 1 tenth of 1 percent where it matters.
According to CNN:
President Donald Trump hits a new high on his economic approval ratings in a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, reaching 56% of Americans saying he’s doing a good job on the economy.
The result comes on the heels of the announcement that the US economy grew at a much better rate than expected in the first quarter, and Trump’s performance on the economy becomes one of his prime selling points for next year’s general election.
Trump’s previous high mark in CNN polling on handling the economy came in March 2017 when 55% approved. Since then, he’s edged above 50% four times, but this is the first time it’s been meaningfully over the 50% line.White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney spelled out Trump’s 2020 economic message on Tuesday — suggesting voters would still be willing to support the President even if they don’t like him personally.“You hate to sound like a cliché, but are you better off than you were four years ago? It’s pretty simple, right? It’s the economy, stupid. I think that’s easy. People will vote for somebody they don’t like if they think it’s good for them,” Mulvaney said during a talk at the Milken conference in Los Angeles.
The economy is the President’s best issue tested in the new poll, with his other approval ratings all below 50%. Even among those who disapprove of the way the president is handling his job generally, 20% say they approve of his work on the economy. That’s larger than crossover approval for any other issue by 12 points.The President’s approval rating on the economy dipped to 48% earlier this year on the heels of the government shutdown. Since then, Trump has improved his ratings on the economy by double-digits among those under age 35 (up 16 points), non-whites (up 13 percentage points), independents (up 11 points), women (up 10 points) and even Democrats (up 10 points).Trump’s approval on health care policy has improved slightly since June 2018, up five points to 38%, his worst approval rating tested in the poll. Slightly more, 42% approve of how he’s handling immigration and foreign affairs, and 39% approve of his handling of race relations.His approval on race relations has increased since September 2017 — up 6 percentage points — but the last poll was taken amidst the protesting in the NFL by kneeling, when Trump called for owners to fire protesting players. His increases since 2017 came largely among conservatives, Republicans and whites.At the same time, Trump’s favorability rating has hit its highest point since the 100-day mark of his presidency: 45% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the President.
— CNN (@CNN) May 2, 2019