President Donald Trump’s job approval rating jumped 5 percentage points to 49% in the latest Gallup survey, matching the highest mark of his presidency.
Trump enjoyed a 49% approval rating in late January and early February during the time of his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial. That week was a really good week for the president. But since then, his rating had dropped. Now it appears that the president is again enjoying a “small rally of public support,” as he has reclaimed his all-time high.
The bump is likely due to a favorable view of how Trump has handled the COVID-19 outbreak within the United States, Gallup reported:
Trump’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic may be behind his higher overall approval rating. Americans give the president generally positive reviews for his handling of the situation, with 60% approving and 38% disapproving. Ninety-four percent of Republicans, 60% of independents and 27% of Democrats approve of his response.Trump also gained favor from two unlikely sources: Democrats and independents. While the president’s approval rating among Republicans held steady at just over 90%, his approval rating among Democrats grew by 6 points and grew among independents by 8 points in the recent survey.
Gallup noted that in times of crisis sitting presidents often experience a boost in favorability, especially among members of the opposing party. Trump’s ramped up response to the coronavirus, starting on March 11 with his national address on the seriousness of the issue and moving into his 15-day social distancing advisory on March 16, appears to have played a major factor in the bump to his rating.
It remains to be seen if that rally of support continues, especially as the president weighs relaxing community mitigation measures in order to save the economy. During a virtual Fox News town hall Tuesday, Trump announced that he hopes to reopen the country and get the economy “raring to go” by Easter.
Author: Phil Shiver