While many Trump critics in the Democratic Party and mainstream media continue to cite national polls showing President Donald Trump with a deficit to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the tides appear to be turning.
According to Breitbart, a new poll shows the president shattering his own personal record: Trump had an approval rating above 50% for 10 days straight as of Friday, the first time he’s held such a streak since his inauguration in 2017.
“Key to re-election”
The Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll surveys a random group of 500 likely voters on a nightly basis, compiling the results for a three-day rolling average with a margin of error around 2.5%.
According to the latest report, released on Friday, Trump’s approval rating was at 52%, including 42% who said they “strongly approve,” as Breitbart reported In contrast, 44% of respondents said they “strongly disapprove” of the president’s job performance out of an overall 48% disapproval rating.
As Paul Bedard reported in the Washington Examiner, this was the 10th time in a row a majority of respondents expressed approval, dating back to the 51% average found in the same poll on Sept. 14. Rasmussen Reports tweeted its results along with a caption that called the performance Trump’s “key to re-election.”
Day 10 of Trump 50% or higher approval, first since Inauguration, key to reelection https://t.co/kOcMO30QYF
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) September 25, 2020
Pollster John McLaughlin of McLaughlin and Associates echoed that sentiment in a statement to the Examiner.
“For President Trump to have weathered so many critical issues this election year and receive the approval of the majority of voters is the most important bellwether for his re-election,” he said.
“The most important bellwether”
McLaughlin cited the historical significance of maintaining a high approval rating in the days leading up to an election.
“Being over 50% job approval is critical,” he said, as the Examiner reported. “The last two re-elected Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama each had a 51% job approval on Election Day when they were re-elected.”
Offering a more comprehensive look at the overall polling climate, RealClearPolitics provides an average — including the Rasmussen survey — of leading polls. Its latest report shows Trump with a 45.3% approval rating compared to a 52.9% disapproval rating.
Even those polls that continue to show Biden with a lead are reflecting an obvious tightening of the race, which could mean the president is building vital momentum just when his campaign needs it most.