President Trump's Approval Rating Nears Highest Ever

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May 14, 2018May 14, 2018

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has reached its highest level of support since May of 2017 and is closing in on its highest ever rating since he took office.

According to FiveThirtyEight’s polling tracker, Trump has a 42.4% approval rating and a 52% disapproval rating. RealClearPolitics average had Trump with an approval rating of 44.4% on May 5.

The all-time high rating of Trump’s presidency was 47.8% approval, just days after he took office on January 25, 2017.

Trump’s recent surge in the ratings can be attributed to his recent success in brokering peace between North and South Korea, with his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set for June 12.

During negotiations, President Trump also managed to return three Americans held prisoner in North Korea.

Another reason for the spike may be in part to hip-hop and rap star Kanye West’s proclamation of his “love” for Trump on Twitter.

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At the NRA’s annual convention, Trump thanked West for his support. “By the way, Kanye West must have some power, because you probably saw I doubled my African-American poll numbers. We went from 11 to 22 in one week. Thank you, Kanye,” said Trump.

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The jump in approval Trump referenced was a recent Reuters poll that showed his approval rating among black men rise from 11% to 22% during the month of April. This same poll had Trump’s approval rating at 48.1% as of May 2nd.

For comparison’s sake, according to the historical Gallup Poll, President Barack Obama’s average approval rating was 47.9%, and President George W. Bush had an average approval rating of 49.4%.

The lowest ratings of any president since the Gallup Poll began tracking approval in 1937 belong to President Harry Truman (22%) and President Richard Nixon (24%).

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