With Republicans holding the Senate, Democrats should have known that President Donald Trump would be acquitted of all impeachment charges against him. But if their goal was to at least hurt the president’s reputation in the process, it looks like the Dems failed on that count, too.
The latest Gallup poll shows President Trump’s approval rating standing strong at an all-time high of 49%. The poll, taken Feb. 3–16 and released Thursday, also found that 48% of Americans disapprove of the president’s job performance, putting the president’s approval rating in the positive “for the first time since his inauguration,” according to the Daily Caller.
Another win for Trump
Trump first hit the all-time high approval rating in a poll conducted Jan. 16–29, according to Gallup. The result of that survey marked a five-point increase “from an early January poll conducted before Trump was acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial,” the polling company reported, and a 10-point increase from an October poll taken amid the thick of the House’s impeachment inquiry.
In other words, Trump’s numbers actually climbed after Democrats tried to oust him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Indeed, the president was acquitted Feb. 5 in a near party-line vote, according to The New York Times, and since then, things have been on the up-and-up for him. According to Gallup, its latest poll found that 43% of independent voters approve of the president’s job performance, “the highest rating for him among the group to date.”
Meanwhile, 93% of Republicans said they approve of Trump. A mere 6% of Democrats felt the same.
A booming economy
According to the Daily Caller, “the poll [also] suggests that the current state of the economy could help the president’s re-election efforts this [f]all.” A full 61% of those surveyed said the economy is improving, while just 33% “believe the economy is getting worse,” the outlet noted.
Further, 63% of respondents rated the economy as “excellent” or “good,” while only 9% said the economy is “poor,” according to Gallup.
But while Trump and the economy may both be performing well, the same can’t be said for Congress. The legislative body’s approval rating languished at 23% in the latest poll, down from 27% in December, according to Gallup — perhaps another suggestion that Americans aren’t happy with the way Democrats have been handling things lately.
Along those lines, Gallup also found that more Americans now identify as Republicans; 32% of respondents said so in the company’s two latest polls, up from 28% in the two polls prior to that.
That increase coincided with a two-point decline in those identifying as independent — 41% of respondents called themselves such in Gallup’s latest poll — and a one-point decline in those identifying themselves as Democrats, a number that is now down to 27%.
Indeed, between the strong economy and Democrats’ failed impeachment effort, it looks President Trump is only getting more and more popular with Americans — and that’s good news for his re-election efforts. Democrats are going to need to make some major changes if they want to have any shot at beating Trump this fall, but it may already be too late.