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After summer of historic lows, Trump's popularity improves

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After several months of reaching record lows in approval, new polls are showing President Trump's ratings beginning to climb upwards, according to Politico.

  • Politico/Morning Consult: 39% last month vs. 43% this week
  • Gallup: 35% last month vs. 38% last week
  • RealClearPolitics average: 37.4% August 14 vs. 39.9% September 20

How it happened: Politico reports Trump's responses to hurricanes Irma and Harvey helped raise his approval rating, after they dropped to a low of 39% over his controversial reaction to the violent Charlottesville protests. Also, while his decision to end DACA was unpopular, he gained momentum from his negotiation with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. But, his "popularity still remains historically low for a first-year president."

Other findings: Trump's upward trend over the past month is bigger with independents (+5%) than Republicans or Democrats (both +2%).

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