President Trump just got something to crow about from Gallup: The polling agency puts his approval rating at 49%, the highest since he took office. The key seems to be rising support among Republicans and independents. Trump has a 94% approval rating among Republicans, up 6 points from last month, and a 42% approval rating from independents, up 5 points from last month. For the record, 7% of Democrats approve of Trump, down from 10%. The approval gap of 87 points between Republicans and Democrats is the highest Gallup has ever recorded for any president.
The results come the day before a vote in the Senate expected to acquit the president of impeachment charges and hours before he delivers his State of the Union address. The Hill notes that Trump's ratings rose when tensions with Iran de-escalated following the American killing of a top Iranian general. Trump also signed trade deals with Canada and Mexico and with China over the last month. The poll of 1,033 people was conducted Jan. 16-29 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points. It found that 50% of Americans disapprove of Trump, with the remaining 1% undecided. Trump himself boasted Tuesday of his approval rating, though he had the figure at 53%, and it was unclear which poll he meant. He added it might be 20 points higher if not for "phony Witch Hunts and Hoaxes." (Read more President Trump stories.)