Trump's approval rating surges to 45% w/hurricanes

Sunday, September 24, 2017
Michael F. Haverluck (

Trump at FEMA Aug 2017In the wake of the Harvey and Irma hurricanes that recently lashed Texas and Florida – and amidst the United States’ escalating tensions with North Korea – President Donald Trump’s approval rating has surged to 45 percent … the highest it has been since April.

According to the latest SurveyMonkey poll interviewing 2,783 Democrats, 2,523 Republicans and 3,548 Independents, the recent shift in confidence for the president buoyed not just with conservatives and moderates, but with liberals, as well – many of whom are now warming up to their new commander-in-chief.

"Trump's rise this week results, in part, from a slightly less Democratic sample than usual, although Trump's numbers also ticked up over the past two weeks among Democrats (from 8 to 12 percent approve) and Independents who lean to neither party (from 30 to 37 percent)," the survey analysis obtained by the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” revealed.

Rising tide for Trump?

The positive trend for the president might not be as uncommon as the media lets on, as many approval rating polls often make Trump look more unpopular than he actually is – as seen throughout last year’s presidential race against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

“A new polling report – highlighted in ‘Secrets’ earlier today – hit major media polls for oversampling Democrats by up to 58 percent … a practice that skews the results against the president,” the Examiner's “Washington Secrets” columnist Paul Bedard noted.

Despite the recent numbers indicating that less than half of Americans approve of the president, a number of factors are beginning to turn the tide of sentiment toward Trump in his favor.

“The SurveyMonkey sample is closer to those showing Trump doing better, though still underwater in the approval/disapproval rating,” Bedard explained. “It was done at a time when the president was winning kudos for his administration's handling of two hurricanes and while he was pushing for tax cuts and an end to Obamacare.”

As the positivity toward Trump increases and the negativity decreases, Trump could be gaining momentum by winning more and more Americans’ trust.

"Trump's job approval rating rose 3 points to 45 percent over the past week, and his disapproval dropped 2 to 53 percent,” the pollster divulged, according to the Examiner. “That's Trump's best approval rating in SurveyMonkey's tracking since late April. It extends a trend evident in our data and the polling averages over the past 2–3 weeks."

More good news for Trump

Trump’s hurricane and North Korea responses also registered a positive outcome with the American public in a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS from September 17–20, which shows 40 percent approve of his work in the White House – good news from the Leftist media indicating that people are changing their opinions of the president.

Even though the Left-leaning news hub was quick to note that a 40-percent presidential approval rating is nothing to celebrate, Trump’s new shift in the upward direction was noted.

“Now, by any normal historical measurement, that is not a good number, but it is better,” CNN host John Berman informed.

It appears that the biggest factor in the rise has everything to do with the extensive attention and assistance Trump gave the millions of hurricane victims in Texas and Florida, as the poll results revealed that nearly two out of three Americans approved of his response to the devastating storms – with just a quarter of respondents disapproving of his response.

Conservatives overwhelmingly believe that Trump is the man for the job when it comes to handling America’s natural disasters, while liberals teeter on the fence.

“Nine in 10 Republicans support his reaction (90 percent), and even Democrats are evenly divided on Trump's response to the crises – with 44 percent both approving and disapproving,” CNN’s Ryan Struyk reported.

Besides scoring with Americans by assisting them in their time of need, Trump is also improving when it comes to catering to their need for a tough commander-in-chief who does not take his nation’s security lightly.

“Less than a majority (41 percent) of Americans reported that Trump was doing a satisfactory job with North Korea, but many more Americans believe North Korea is an ‘immediate threat,’” TheBlaze’s Carlos Garcia noted from the poll. “This is up from 37 percent in April – a marked increase in alarm among Americans. Nearly 60 percent of Americans [up 20 points from 2012] also favor military action if diplomacy or sanctions fail to curtail the hermit kingdom’s belligerence.”

Mere talk and empty threats – as resorted to by the Obama administration – are becoming less and less supported by the American public when it comes to North Korea, but they appear more tentative if the U.S. has to go it alone.

“[A] deteriorating number of Americans believe the crisis can be resolved by economic and diplomatic means alone (43 percent), sinking to its lowest level yet on this question and down 10 points since 2012,” Struyk relayed from the poll. “Still, more than six in 10 (63 percent) say the U.S. should take military action only if other nations support and participate in it. Only three in 10 (29 percent) say the U.S. should take action unilaterally if it decides to take military action.”

It was also mentioned by CNN”s Jeff Zeleny that first lady Melania Trump edged out her husband’s approval rating by 4 percent in the poll (44 percent).


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