President Donald Trump tweeted out a poll showing he now he has a 51 per cent approval rating.
On Wednesday, Rasmussen Report’s daily tracking poll revealed that a little more than half of likely US voters approve of the president’s job performance – his best since April 2017. However, 48 per cent disapprove.
In addition, figures from the poll showed that 33 per cent of voters strongly approve of Trump’s performance while 38 per cent strongly disapprove.
According to Rasmussen, former President Barack Obama’s job approval rating was at 46 per cent on April 4, 2010, the second year of his first term.
Ramussen also reports that 52 per cent of voters believe that most journalists are trying to prevent Trump from passing his agenda when they report on him.
By contrast, 48 per cent said they believed most reporters were trying to help Obama pass his agenda in 2010.
Figures provided by Rasmussen show that Trump’s 51 per cent approval on Wednesday was an increase over the 49 per cent he had achieved the day before.
Since January 1, he has managed to hit 50 per cent three different times, but not go over. His lowest approval was 42 per cent so far in 2018.
Rsamussen is among the few frequent pollsters to find high ratings for Trump. It is against federal law for automated calling systems to dial cell phones – therefore only adults with landlines are dialed.
To reach voters without landlines, Rasmussen says 20 per cent of interviews are conducted via online panel.
According to a recent estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of American adults do not have a landline phone, the majority of them young adults.
Gallup found that, based on a weekly average, Trump had an approval rating of 39 per cent as of Sunday. According to Gallup, Obama had a 49 per cent approval rating around the same time.
And in a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, the president’s approval rating sits at 42 per cent.