A new CNN poll shows that President Donald Trump’s approval rating has risen to its highest level since the 100-day mark of his presidency, despite the low approval ratings he continues to receive for handling major issues.
Forty-two percent of respondents approve of the way Trump is handling the presidency, while 54 percent disapprove. Since February, the President’s approval has gone up 7 points, including 6-point increases among Republicans (from 80% to 86% now) and independents (from 35% to 41%), CNN writes.
Still, Trump’s approval rating remains below that of all of his modern-era predecessors at this stage in their first term after being elected, though he only trails Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama by a narrow 4 points at this point in their first terms.
Trump’s approval ratings have fluctuated over the last four CNN polls – from 35% in December up to 40% in January, down to 35% in February and back up to 42% now. Overall, the share of those who strongly approve and those who strongly disapprove has remained almost the same, suggesting the fluctuation in Trump’s ratings comes largely among those whose views on the President aren’t that deeply held.
The President’s strongest approval ratings on the issues come on the economy, the only issue where his reviews have consistently been more positive than negative: 48 percent approve and 45 percent disapprove. On the other hand, foreign trade is an area where Trump’s rating is lower with 38 percent approving and 50 percent disapproving.
Trump’s handling of foreign affairs merits 39% approval, with 53% saying they disapprove. The poll also found that 47% believe the President has been too easy on Russia so far, while 41% feel his handling of Russia has been about right.
A majority (54 percent) disapprove of the way the President has handled gun policy, while 36 percent approve, roughly the same as in February.