Donald Trump's Approval Rating Is The Highest It's Been In Almost Two Years

What with the recent government shutdown and disputes relating to the proposed Mexican border wall, you might think the president would be hurting in the polls at the moment. But quite the opposite is the case, with Donald Trump having just received his highest approval rating in 23 months.

The poll - conducted by Rasmussen Reports - found that 52 per cent of likely US voters approve of his job performance, which is the highest that figure has been since his seventh week in office.

The poll also found that an equal amount of people strongly approve and strongly disapprove of his performance, with 39 per cent of likely voters in each camp. As such, Trump has a Presidential Approval Index rating of zero, meaning he has rid himself of a minus rating for the first time in almost two years.

The bump in approval is a common boon for presidents in the aftermath of their State of the Union address. In Trump's address last week, he highlighted the record numbers of women in US Congress, which prompted an unplanned ovation from large swathes of the crowd.

Members of Congress cheer after President Donald Trump acknowledges the record number of women in congress. Credit: PA
Members of Congress cheer after President Donald Trump acknowledges the record number of women in congress. Credit: PA

Trump also discussed the issue of the proposed border wall in Mexico, stating that 'walls work and walls save lives'. If the president and congressional Democrats can not agree upon a federal budget by Friday, there will be a second government shutdown.

During his address, Trump said: "Let's work together, compromise and reach a deal that will truly make America safe."

Trump previously requested $5.7 billion (£4.5 billion) in funding towards the wall, but Democrats rejected the request, and hundreds of thousands of public sector workers either worked without pay or were placed on mandatory leave.

When Trump was elected in 2016, he won 46.1 per cent of all votes cast, which was less than Hillary Clinton, however Trump was elected after winning the majority in the Electoral College.

The latest poll indicates that Trump could be in a stronger position now at the midpoint of his term than when he was first elected. However, Real Clear Politics - which averages out nine different polls - has Trump's approval rating at only 42.4 per cent, with 54.2 per cent disapproving of the president. Indeed, some of these polls have the 45th president's disapproval rating as high as 57 per cent.

However, we know what The Donald would make of such polls.

... We'll let you make your own minds up.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University before going to live in Australia and New Zealand for a few years, where he wrote a travel blog. He has previously written for the Eastern Daily Press, Giggle Beats, CALM and Front Magazine. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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