President Donald Trump is enjoying his highest approval ratings since taking office in January 2017.
The results from last week’s NBC / Wall Street Journal poll show Trump’s approval has increased 1 percent from last month, giving Trump the second highest approval rating for any Republican at this point of their tenure. Only George W. Bush had a higher rating at this same juncture.
According to the poll results, 45 percent of Americans strongly approve or somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Only 9 percent of Republicans said they disapprove of Trump, contrasting an overwhelming 89 percent of Democrats that somewhat or strongly disapprove.
Republican approval is also at an all time high, with 88 percent stating they approve of Trump. Nearly 30 percent of all voters say the “strongly approve,” marking another all time high for the president.
The increase in approval rating is a strong signal to Democrat strategists that the constant pushing of the Russia and border security stories are not having the desired effect.
The survey was conducted by Republican pollster Bill McInturff and Democrat pollsters Fred Yang and Peter Hart. Yang told NBC News, “The more Trump gets criticized by the media, the more his base seems to rally behind him.”
The economy won the day for Trump, with 50 percent of all voters approving of the way he is handling the situation. North Korea was another big winner (44 percent approve), followed by border security (41 percent), trade (38 percent), and treatment of families at the border (31). Only 26 percent approve of the way Trump is handling Russian relations.
Forty-six percent of voters feel the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation should continue, as opposed to 38 percent who think it should end now. Not surprisingly, most Democrats polled in favor of continuing the investigation. Only 28 percent of voters said they view Mueller positively.
When asked to name the most important issue for the upcoming November elections, 36 percent answered jobs. Healthcare and immigration followed with 33 and 27 percent answering, respectively.