Trump’s Approval Rating Soars, Ties With Highest of Presidency

President Donald Trump’s support among the American people continues to rise, with his job approval rating climbing to match the highest point of his first term on Monday.

According to the latest Gallup presidential job approval weekly poll, 45 percent of Americans now say they approve of the job Trump is doing in the White House, his highest marks since his first month in office back in January 2017. 

Trump’s disapproval numbers have also improved dropping to 4 percentage points in just a week to 50 percent, which is also the lowest since his first month in office, according to Gallup.

The president’s approval rating has been on the upswing since late May, surging 5 percentage points in just three weeks.

Another positive finding for the Trump White House is that satisfaction among Americans regarding the direction of the country is also up and has reached a 12-year high.

In comparison, Trump barely trails former President Barack Obama in support during the same point in his presidency, with the 44th president receiving a 47 percent job approval rating in June of 2010. However, Trump is tied with former Republican President Ronald Reagan, who sat at 45 percent in mid-June of his second year in office, according to Gallup.

Trump’s increase in support comes on the heels of his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While the president has faced criticism about the outcome of the meeting, the issues have proved to be a positive one with Trump’s base.

A Reuters poll found last week that over half of Americans approve of how he’s handled North Korea, even while only a quarter think the summit will prove successful by resulting in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

In the past, the president has been quick to promote polls that show his approval rating rising, especially the Rasmussen poll, which has proven to be more favorable toward Trump than other high-profile surveys. 

“Thank you to Rasmussen for the honest polling. Just hit 50%, which is higher than Cheatin’ Obama at the same time in his Administration,” he tweeted back in April.