Per One Poll, Trump's Approval Rating Is Up to 50%
But other polls paint a different picture
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2017 2:31 PM CDT
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President Donald Trump, followed by his son Barron, walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Monday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – President Trump retweeted a Drudge Report post Monday morning that announced the commander in chief's approval rating is back up to 50%, with 50% disapproving of his job performance, per a Monday Rasmussen Reports poll. The daily presidential tracking gauge notes that Trump's thumbs-up numbers peaked at 59% just after when he took office, stayed in the 50s for a while, and then fell below the halfway mark in early March, where they've remained since, with a low of 42%. But Chris Cillizza writes for CNN that one lone poll shouldn't be considered gospel on how Trump's doing, citing other recent polls such as Gallup's April 15 poll (41% approve, 53% disapprove) and Marist's April 14 poll (39% approve, 49% disapprove).

Cillizza adds there may be reasons not to put too much stock in Rasmussen's results, although he's careful not to say that Rasmussen is necessarily wrong. He simply notes that there are some uncertainties surrounding the group's polling methodology, including how they define "likely voter," how using automated interview software instead of real people may affect outcomes, and even whether the way the numbers are dialed serves up a truly representative sample. What Cillizza does say correlates: Trump's numbers jump with his strike on Syria. Meanwhile, another Monday Gallup poll shows 45% of Americans think Trump has been keeping his promises—a sharp drop from 62% in February. (A different February poll pitted Trump against generic Democrats in the 2020 race.)

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