Donald Trump's approval ratings shot up by 10 points in January

Feb 04, 2018, 01:16
Donald Trump's approval ratings shot up by 10 points in January

The poll, conducted over three days nearly entirely before President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address, 47 percent of respondents saying they would vote for a generic congressional Democrat compared to 45 percent for a generic Republican, well within the poll's 3.5 percent margin of error.

The District of Columbia, Vermont, Massachusetts, Hawaii and California gave him his lowest approval ratings, according to the poll.

Fifty percent of respondents said they disapprove of the president's performance in office.

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In a dozen states, Trump's approval rating averaged 50 percent or higher.

Gallup conducted the poll by interviewing more than 171,000 people across the country throughout 2017. Each state's sample is weighted to match U.S. Census Bureau demographic parameters for that state's adult population. Polls from multiple sources, including Gallup and NBC/The Wall Street Journal, found Trump ended his first year as the most unpopular president on record. By contrast, most of the states with 50% or higher approval of Trump are among the least populous - the exceptions being Tennessee and Kentucky.

That is up 10 percentage points from December 2017, when he registered a 32% approval rating - Trump's lowest mark ever in the monthly poll.

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In July, 41 per cent of respondents said they'd like to see Trump's ouster, with another 53 per cent saying the president should stay.

What about Republicans? A whopping 72 percent said Trump is a good role model for children, and only 22 percent disagreed.

The findings signal Trump's best outing in a Monmouth approval poll since the third month of his presidency, when 43 percent registered approval and 46 disapproval last March.

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When New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart announced her candidacy on Monday Democrats quickly responded with a YouTube video that referred to her as an "enabler of the Republican Trump agenda".

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