Jun 25, 2018

By the numbers: Trump’s economic approval ratings hit a new high

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A majority of Americans approve of President Trump's handling of the economy for the first time, according to CNBC's All-America Economic Survey, which has tracked the number since he first took office.

Why it matters: Confidence in Trump's handling of the economy seems to be tied to his overall approval ratings, which could be good news for Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterms.

Americans on Trump, by the numbers:

  • There are more Americans who believe the economy is excellent than there are those who believe it is poor for the first time in the 10-year history of the survey.
  • A huge gap in Trump's economic approval and overall approval exists for non-white Americans: 39% approve of his job with the economy, but only 23% approve of his performance as president.
  • Trump's overall disapproval rating has reached a record low: 47%.
  • 51% of Americans disapprove of Trump's immigration policies — unchanged from last quarter and last year, despite the controversy over family separations dominating the news during the polling.
  • Yes, but: Only 25% of those surveyed credit Trump directly for the healthy economy — however, only 3% credit Republicans in Congress.

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George Floyd protests: Unrest continues for 6th night across U.S.

A protest near the White House on Sunday night. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Most external lights at the White House were turned off late Sunday as the D.C. National Guard was deployed and authorities fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters nearby, per the New York Times.

What's happening: It's one of several tense, late-night standoffs between law enforcement and demonstrators in the United States.

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Journalists get caught in the crosshairs as protests unfold

A man waves a Black Lives Matter flag atop the CNN logo outside the CNN Center during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd, Atlanta, Georgia, May 29. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Dozens of journalists across the country tweeted videos Saturday night of themselves and their crews getting arrested, being shot at by police with rubber bullets, targeted with tear gas by authorities or assaulted by protesters.

Driving the news: The violence got so bad over the weekend that on Sunday the Cleveland police said the media was not allowed downtown unless "they are inside their place of business" — drawing ire from news outlets around the country, who argued that such access is a critical part of adequately covering protests.

Inside Trump's antifa tweet

President Trump at Cape Canaveral on May 30. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

As recently as Saturday night, senior administration officials told me that the designation of a violent cohort of far-left activists, antifa, as a terrorist organization was not being seriously discussed at the White House. But that was Saturday.

Behind the scenes: The situation changed dramatically a few hours later, after prominent conservative allies of the president, such as his friend media commentator Dan Bongino, publicly urged a tough response against people associated with antifa (short for "anti-fascist").