For the first time since his first week in office, 45% of Americans approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing in a new Gallup poll released Monday.
Trump’s average rating in Gallup’s weekly poll has been a less-than-robust 39%, but he’s been over 40% since April and his approval numbers are now in line with other recent past presidents at this stage of their times in office. (Barack Obama was at 46% approval in June of his second year as president, as was Bill Clinton. Ronald Reagan was at 45%.)
Now. That’s one poll. In a new CNN poll, Trump’s approval is at 39%, down from 41% last month. And it remains to be seen how the White House’s botched handling of the family separation crisis at the border will affect Trump’s numbers going forward — although it’s hard to imagine it won’t have an impact.
But the trend line is clear. According to Real Clear Politics’ polling average, Trump is at 44.3% approval as compared to 50.9% disapproval. The RCP numbers suggest Trump is in better shape polling-wise than at any time since the early part of his time in office.
Why? Likely some combination of the strengthening economy as evidenced by lower unemployment numbers and Trump’s high-profile summit in Singapore last week with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.