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GOP job approval in Congress beats Dems’ – Trump rates higher today than Obama did in 2012

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President Donald Trump is enjoying high approval ratings even in the midst of the relentless assault of his critics.

Even with Democrats and the complicit media daily trying to smear the president, and as his administration is under assault for apparently mishandling the coronavirus crisis, Trump is basking in a greater approval rating than his predecessor Barack Obama did at the same point in his presidency.

(DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos)

According to Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, Trump’s approval on March 11, 2020 is at 47%, while Obama’s on the same date in 2012 was at 44%.

And as Rasmussen noted, the numbers are more telling when one realizes the climate each of these presidents operated under.

“One president enjoyed 95%+ favorable mainstream media coverage & received a Nobel Prize,” Rasmussen tweeted, referring to Obama.

Trump, meanwhile is getting 95% unfavorable mainstream media coverage, and “was accused of conspiring w/ Russia, was impeached & acquitted, is managing a health crisis.”

Trump has dealt with negative media coverage since he began his tenure as president. But even after the Democrats stirred up the impeachment process against him, and the House passed the articles of impeachment, Trump still is more popular than Obama at the same time in their presidencies.

A new Gallup report showed that Trump’s favorability numbers have gone up despite, or perhaps because of, the impeachment efforts, with numbers up from 41% in October to 47% in a February poll released earlier this month.

Gallup reported Tuesday:

In January and February, the president’s job approval rating rose to his personal best of 49%; it remains elevated from where it was before his impeachment. Likewise, Trump’s favorability rating, which was 41% in October, reached 48% in January and is currently 46%, including 89% favorable among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

 

The survey also indicated the apparent fallout Democrats have faced since their impeachment hysteria, with the latest poll showing that Republicans in Congress now have scored higher than Democrats in their approval ratings.

Democrats in Congress lost points in approval, down from 38 percent in October, when their majority in the House of Representatives impeached Trump, to 35 percent in the new survey. But Republicans, on the other hand, have seen an increase of six percentage points since late October, from 34 percent to 40 percent.

“Republicans’ approval of congressional Republicans has jumped 13 points to 76% since October, but Democrats’ 65% approval of congressional Democrats is virtually unchanged from October,” Gallup reported, adding that “the public’s assessments of congressional Republicans appear to have benefited from Trump’s impeachment.”

The poll, conducted Feb 17-28 and the first survey since Trump was acquitted by the Senate on Feb. 5, also showed that the respective leaders of the political parties were apparently affected by the proceedings over the last few months.

(Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s favorability rating of 33% is an increase by six points since October and is “his highest rating since Gallup’s first reading in 2010.” Notably, although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 39% favorability is nearly unchanged since October, her unfavorable rating has gone up to 55% from 50% in October.

As an added note, the survey also found that the impeachment process also directly affected Utah Sen. Mitt Romney who was the only Republican to vote along with Democrats on one of the articles of impeachment.

“Although Romney’s 39% favorability among U.S. adults is unchanged from a year ago, he is currently viewed more favorably among Democrats than he is among Republicans, a reversal of previous readings,” Gallup reported, noting that a “56% majority of Democrats but just 23% of Republicans now hold favorable views of Romney.”

Frieda Powers

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