Whether or not you believe in the polling results of the 2016 election, the truth is with or without polling, Trump is a very popular president. And now the latest polling shows what we all know to be true. Americans want to Make America Great Again.
After months of declining poll numbers, the president’s approval ratings have stabilized — and even ticked up slightly — over the past month.
Following a low of 39 percent in the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll last month after his controversial reaction to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump is back at 43 percent in this week’s survey. Other surveys show similar results: Trump bottomed out at 35 percent in Gallup’s weekly tracking poll in late August, but ticked up to 38 percent last week. Trump is at 40 percent in the RealClearPolitics average, up about 2.5 points from his low-water mark last month.
… Some polls suggest Trump’s slight bump is the result of Republicans and some independents coming home. In this week’s POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, Trump was at 80 percent approval among Republican voters — up from 73 percent at his low-water mark. Among independents, Trump has bounced 5 percentage points, from 35 percent to 40 percent. Trump’s approval rating was virtually unchanged among Democratic voters, however.
… The new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted Sept. 14-17, surveying 1,994 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.
… But other polling data found more modest gains among Republicans. In SurveyMonkey’s polling over the past four weeks, Trump has gained more among independents than among Democrats or Republicans. (Overall, Trump’s approval rating over that time increased from 39 percent to 42 percent.)
We knew it all along.