Trump's approval ranking is on the rise

Katrina Barker
February 11, 2018

Donald Trump claims he's doing a better job than President Obama was on this day in 2010. and he wants everybody to know about it.

President Trump's approval rating in one of the major daily tracking polls has improved significantly and is now higher than President Barack Obama's on the same date of his first term.

A majority of Republican voters, 58 percent, say the Federal Bureau of Investigation is biased against Trump, according to the new Quinnipiac poll, though voters overall disagree. In a December Economist survey, Mr. Trump's net approval rating stood at negative 14 percent. Just 44% of voters approved of Obama, while 56% disapproved.

47 percent disapprove of the Republican tax plan; 39 percent approve.

57 percent disapprove of Trump's foreign policy efforts; 37 percent approve. "More than three in four Trump voters say that", according to YouGov on February 7. Two-thirds of American voters overall give a resounding "no" to that question -- but Republican voters are roughly evenly split.

Voters are divided on whether Trump is a racist: 49 percent say he is; 46 percent say he is not.

Tim Malloy, assistant director for the poll, said in a news release that the recent State of the Union speech may have helped Trump's standing with voters.

An Economist/YouGov poll also released Wednesday, for example, showed the president's approval rating among registered voters at 45 percent, and his disapproval rating at 53 percent - a net approval of negative eight percent. Still, 62% think the plan mostly helps the wealthy, a number almost unchanged since November.Favorable views of the Republican Party are up from 24% before tax reform passed to 32% now, though a majority of voters, 51%, still view the governing party unfavorably.This was conducted February 2-5, 2018, among 1,333 registered voters.

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