While many national approval polls show Donald Trump performing poorly, the highly respected Rasmussen poll revealed that the president is actually at his highest point in two years. Perhaps even more significant, Trump is higher today in his approval numbers than President Barack Obama was at this point in his first term.
Obviously, Obama won his second term, despite polling lower than where Trump is today according to Rasmussen.
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) September 16, 2019
‘50%’ Of Voters Support Trump
“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance,” Rasmussen reports. “Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.”
“The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove,” Rasmussen also notes. “This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -6.”
Rasmussen has found Trump’s overall approval above and below 50 percent since the beginning of the year, between a low of 43 percent mid-January, but rising to 52 percent in February.
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Fluctuating Numbers Stabilizing
Since early June, Trump’s fluctuating numbers stabilized somewhat, going between a low of 45 percent and a high of 51 percent. Unfortunately for the president, his approval index has been consistently bad, often below the margin of error.
When Rasmussen tracked President Obama’s approval rating at the same juncture in his presidency in September 2011, his results were below where Trump is today. Obama garnered 46 percent approval and 53 percent disapproval, about 4 points lower than Trump now.
The president certainly let everyone know about the Rasmussen poll.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
How Does Trump Fare Against Top Democrats?
As for how Trump might fare against those leading the Democratic field, multiple polls have showed his most formidable potential opponent to be former Vice President Joe Biden, who some polls show leading Trump by double digits. Trump does somewhat better against Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
A Investor’s Business Daily poll showed Warren closing the gap on Biden, but also that Trump was more competitive with Warren than Biden.
“In a head-to-head 2020 election contest of Biden vs. Trump, the IBD/TIPP Poll found a 54%-42% advantage for Biden,” Investor’s Business Daily reports. “A month earlier, Biden led Trump by 13 points. Sanders had a narrow 49%-45% edge over Trump, while Warren and Harris had slimmer 49%-46% leads. Independents preferred Biden vs. Trump, 55%-37%. Warren edges Trump with independents, 47%-45%, while Sanders has a 51%-42% advantage.”
Critics will no doubt continue to play down Donald Trump’s re-election chances, but a major poll showing he has a better shot than Barack Obama – who won – did, is a good sign for the president.