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Trump Approval Spikes Ahead Of Midterm Elections

Andrew Denny - Author

Oct. 21 2018, Updated 10:01 a.m. ET

President Trump’s approval rating heading into the 2018 midterm elections has jumped to 47 percent, a higher approval rating than President Obama had prior to the 2010 midterms, according to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. President Obama had just a 45 percent approval rating two years into his first term, and the Democrats suffered heavy losses that swung Congressional power into Republican hands.

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The 47 percent approval rating marks the highest level that President Trump has reached in the poll. Despite being a historically unpopular president among the general U.S. population, President Trump continues to post strong approval ratings among Republicans. He is currently closing in on a 90 percent approval rating among Republican voters, again one of the highest approval ratings of his tenure.

Riding a wave of economic growth and projecting a hard-line stance on a number of Republican platform issues, President Trump has seen his popularity steadily increase over the past month. The confirmation victory for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a recent campaign blitz ahead of the election has energized the Republican base and allowed President Trump to bridge some of the gaps between him and his detractors.


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