President Trump's approval ratings on the rise

Frederick Owens
September 22, 2017

President Donald Trump's approval rating is on the upswing in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday, matching a trend from other polls that also show the president's poll numbers inching upward.

Pennsylvanians surveyed for the poll believe that Trump is doing best with handling issues related to terrorism, with 49 percent saying that he deserves an "A" or "B" letter grade, while 50 percent and 47 percent give him an "F" for how he's dealing with health care and climate change, respectively.

What's more, 71 percent of Americans support his deal with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on hurricane relief and keeping the government open for three months.

Among independents, the president has an approval rating of 41 percent, an increase of 32 percent from the previous month; only 10 percent of Democrats approve of the job the president is doing, compared to 8 percent in August. Immediately after Charlottesville, 35 percent of independent voters approved of Trump, and 58 percent disapproved.

Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the poll with Democrat Fred Yang, said that although Trump's approval rating has steadily fallen since he took office, "job approval can go both down and up".

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81 percent of Republicans approve, 17 percent disapprove. The RCP average shows the president at 40 percent overall.

"Going to the middle has helped him with the middle - without costing him much from his own base", he said.

Americans overwhelmingly agree that one thing President Donald Trump has done is good - his recent deal with Democratic leadership.

Building off the positive reaction to the deal, Trump made more efforts at bipartisanship, inviting Schumer and Pelosi back to the White House the following week to discuss immigration, infrastructure, trade, and tax reform. Conservative support fell from 76 to 55 percent in the same time period, according to the poll.

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