Trump triumphs with all-time high approval rating, but it’s who’s recording the data that makes it sweeter

Just a few short weeks shy of the midterm elections, President Donald Trump is enjoying an all-tine high approval rating.

According to the latest national NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Trump’s approval rating is his highest yet as president, with 47 percent of registered voters giving him a thumbs up.

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The figure, up from 44 percent last month, beats President Obama’s rating before the 2010 midterm election.

While the poll found that 50 percent of likely voters would rather see Democrats control Congress after the November elections, another 41 percent still stand behind a Republican-controlled Congress.

“Among the wider pool of registered voters, however, the Democratic advantage is 7 points, 48 percent to 41 percent, which is down from their 12-point edge in September,” the NBC/WSJ poll reported.

The numbers are not even close when it comes to the economy with 43 percent of those polled favoring the GOP’s handling of the economy while 28 percent who believe the Democrats do a better job.

According to the poll:

Republicans also hold the advantage on trade (R+17), handling the Supreme Court nomination process (R+3) and changing how Washington works (R+1).

Democrats, meanwhile, have the advantage on looking out for women’s interests (D+29), health care (D+18), looking out for the middle class (D+8) and immigration (D+4).

Asked which one or two issues would be the most important factor in deciding their vote, 38 percent said the economy and jobs; 31 percent said health care, 23 percent said changing how things work; and 22 percent each said looking out for the middle class and immigration. (Respondents were allowed up to two answers.)


Strongly divided responses, many based on party affiliation, indicate “an electorate in turmoil and flux,” according to Democratic pollster Fred Yang.

“The current data shows that the Democratic advantage has ebbed but still with a large advantage. And the GOP shows some life,” he added.

Yang also noted the “unprecedented enthusiasm” for both parties, with high interest in the upcoming election in 65 percent of registered voters, “the largest for a midterm electorate dating back to 2006 in the NBC/WSJ poll.”

“Midterms are about mobilization, and we are headed into the stretch run with unprecedented enthusiasm among both parties,” Yang said.

The president touted the remarkable jobs numbers in a tweet.

“So why wouldn’t we win the Midterms?” Trump asked.

Political commentator Tammy Bruce agreed, noting on Fox News’ “The Next Revolution” wthat if candidates stick to focusing on the economy and supporting Trump, success on Election Day is very likely.

“Democrats of course, don’t like this dynamic and they work to make it a problem,” she said.

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