Feb 4, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump notches his highest Gallup approval rating since taking office

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President Trump's approval rating hit 49% in Gallup's tracking poll, his highest rating in that poll since taking office.

Why it matters: The president's approval reached its peak despite the fact that the poll was conducted from Jan. 16 to 29 — amid his ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate.

  • His approval rating increased thanks to a jump in support among Republicans (94% approval; up 6% since early January) and independents (42%; up 5% since early January).
  • Only 7% of polled Democrats approved of his performance.
  • 50% of Americans disapproved of Trump, while just 1% expressed no opinion.

Of note: The 87-point gap between Republicans and Democrats on Trump's approval is the largest partisan gap Gallup has measured for any president's approval rating.

The big picture: Beyond impeachment, Trump's recent military engagement against Iran and his administration's progress on trade agreements may have helped his ratings.

  • 53% of those polled approved of killing Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
  • Confidence in the economy is also at its highest point since 2000, according to another Gallup poll.

Methodology: This survey is based on telephone interviews conducted January 16–29, with a random sample of 1,033 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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It's hard to imagine a better opening for 2020 for President Trump and Mike Bloomberg than the ongoing chaos in the Hawkeye State.

The big picture: Trump's approval rating is at a historic high, Bloomberg is scaling up his campaign, and there's another caucus coming later this month — and they had planned on using that app!

What to expect from Trump's State of the Union address

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President Trump will give his third State of the Union address tonight at 9 p.m. ET, seven weeks after he was impeached by the House of Representatives and one day before he's set to be acquitted by the Senate.

Why it matters: The president typically strikes a more measured tone during formal, teleprompter-guided speeches like the State of the Union, but all bets could be off as an emboldened Trump looks ahead to a scorched earth election campaign.

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President Trump, on the eve of his impeachment acquittal, delivered a victory-lap State of the Union address in the very chamber where he had been impeached 48 days before — and just across the Capitol from where he'll be acquitted today.

The state of play: Trump never mentioned impeachment but pounded socialism, setting high-decibel themes for the 2020 campaign at a moment when his potential rivals are in disarray following the Iowa caucus debacle.

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