Gallup: Trump's 45% approval rating a record high

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Michael F. Haverluck (

Donald Trump 2Gallup revealed Monday from its latest nationwide poll that President Donald Trump’s approval rating hit a record-high 45 percent, which ties the highest mark recorded on recurring poll that dates back to his first month of presidency.

Since the month of Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, weekly nationwide polls of approximately 1,500 adults have been conducted on their approval of the president, and the latest poll Gallup finished conducting on Sunday divulged that Americans’ optimism about his performance in office tied the record that was first set on January 29, 2017.

Record reached amidst popularity and adversity

Trump’s highest marks to date were registered amidst the usual opposition to his policies, and it should also be noted that only half of Americans now disapprove of the president today, as the last time his disapproval rating was at the 50-percent mark or lower was around the end of his first month of presidency – approximately 47 disapproved of the president on Gallup’s Jan. 29, 2017 poll.

“Forty-five percent of Americans approve of Trump, [while] 50 percent of Americans disapprove,” Newsmax divulged from Gallup’s poll.

Trump’s escalating approval numbers have come at a time marked by his controversial landmark meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, as well as during the president’s highly contested tough-on-immigration policy – with the mainstream media honing in on children being separated from their parents after illegally crossing the United States-Mexico border.

“Despite the controversy over his policies, Trump's approval rating has steadily increased since the end of May,” Newsmax’s Theodore Gunker reported. “Last week, Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a historic summit in Singapore, while his administration has begun a strict crackdown on illegal immigration into the U.S. – including separating children from their parents if found illegally crossing the border.”

More proof of Trump’s rising popularity

Pollsters at Gallup were not the only ones proving that Trump’s popularity amongst Americans has been surging of late.

Mirroring Gallup’s findings this week, a Fox New Poll conducted across the country on more than 1,000 American voters earlier this month also revealed that the president’s approval numbers are climbing, with 45 percent giving him a thumbs-up on his job in the Oval Office, with just slightly more than half giving him a thumbs-down.

“Forty-five percent of voters approve of the president’s performance, while 51 percent disapprove,” Fox News announced June 7. “It was 44–53 percent in April.”

Similar to Gallup’s findings, Trump’s highest popularity amongst Americans came during his first weeks in the White House.

“Trump’s highest approval (48 percent) came in February 2017 – soon after taking office,” Fox News’ Dana Blanton recounted.

Furthermore, the intensity of some Americans’ dislike of the president appears to be waning.

“While more voters ‘strongly disapprove’ (41 percent) than ‘strongly approve’ (27 percent), that 14-point intensity gap is down from a high of 24 points in October 2017,” Blanton noted.

Getting specific

Some of the major political issues marking Trump’s presidency were also explored in the Fox News Poll, showing that even though American voters are bullish on his handling of the economy, many are still skeptical about his policies when dealing with those from abroad.

“A strong jobs report released June 1 showed the U.S. with a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent unemployment rate, [and] the president seems to get some credit for that – [seeing that] his handling of the economy brings his most positive job ratings, as a record 52 percent approve, while 41 percent disapprove,” Blanton explained from the poll. “The president gets net negative ratings for his handling of immigration (43 percent approve vs. 52 percent disapprove), foreign policy (42–49), and international trade (41–49).”

Americans’ confidence in Trump’s economic savviness is nothing new, as voters’ optimism in the business tycoon was witnessed in this area when their approval of him soared after he took over for former President Barack Obama.

“There was a bump in economic optimism when Trump first took office – the number feeling optimistic went from 49 percent (January 2016) to 66 percent (January 2017),” Blanton recalled. “Now, that number sits at 59 percent. Since his inauguration, optimism is up 19 percentage points among Republicans, down 31 points among Democrats, and holding steady among independents.”

The commander-in-chief’s unprecedented willingness to work with North Korea is also adding to his popularity, with an increased number of voters believing that he can persuade “The Hermit Kingdom” to get rid of its nuclear weapons.

“Twenty-eight percent feel that way – up 12 points from 16 percent three months ago (March 2018),” the Fox News Poll results show. “Still, a majority (60 percent) says North Korea won’t let go of its nukes. By a narrow margin, voters think war with North Korea is less likely than it was two years ago (33 percent less likely, 28 percent more likely, 35 percent the same), and most approve of the president meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un (66–24 percent). More expect Trump (40 percent) than Kim (30 percent) to negotiate the ‘better deal.’”

Republican pollster Daron Shaw – who conducted the Fox News poll with Democrat Chris Anderson – noted that North Korea is a tough issue for voters to decide on.

“Americans have mixed feelings on North Korea,” Shaw stressed, according to Fox News. “They want the U.S. to negotiate with Kim Jong Un even though they doubt the North Koreans would ever concede on the main sticking point between our countries – nuclear weapons. They also seem to think President Trump might be able to get a good deal, even though no one has a clue as to what that deal might entail.”

When asked to state in their own words why they believe Trump is doing a good or bad job as president, a wide array of explanations was given.

“The top reasons for approving of President Trump are he’s ‘helping the economy’ (24 percent), ‘getting things done’ (18 percent), ‘keeping his promises’ (17 percent), ‘putting America first’ (10 percent), ‘shaking things up’ (7 percent), and ‘cutting taxes’ (6 percent),” Blanton shared from the poll. “Among those disapproving, the most popular reasons are ‘he doesn’t know what he’s doing’ (22 percent), ‘he doesn’t have the temperament’ (20 percent), while others say he’s ‘divisive’ or ‘racist’ (13 percent), ‘corrupt’ (9 percent), and ‘lies’ (7 percent). Six percent say they are afraid he’ll start a war.”

Anderson claimed that negativity toward the president primarily revolves around their take on his personality.

“Opinions of how the president is doing are underpinned by strong and specific beliefs about the fundamental character of Donald Trump,” Anderson contended, according to Fox News. “Don’t expect his approval rating to change unless something happens to challenge core beliefs about him personally.”


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