As the mainstream media is busy trying to push any headline to smear President Trump and his policies, Trump’s approval rating is skyrocketing as the public is having a very positive reaction to his executive actions, as he essentially fulfills key promises to the voters in his first week in office.
The latest polls from Rasmussen have found that President Trump’s approval rating has risen very quickly since the inauguration, increasing by 4 points in the past three days alone, and is now sitting comfortably at 59%.
President Trump enjoys a healthy majority in his approval ratings, most of his recent increase coming as he has announced a slew of executive orders on squashing the TPP deal, reducing the burden of Obamacare, putting a temporary ban on refugees from terror prone countries and his latest signature on an order to officially start the construction of a southern border wall.
As you can see from the chart above, Trump has experienced a sharp increase in his approval rating in the past few days alone, now flirting with the rare achievement of hitting 60% approval.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-one percent (41%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 44% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 31% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +13 (see trends).
In the latest of this week’s executive orders, Trump has begun a crackdown on illegal immigration, adding thousands of Border Patrol agents, starting the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and cutting federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce immigration law. He also has imposed a temporary ban on refugees from and visas for citizens of several Middle Eastern countries until the U.S. government can do a better job screening out possible terrorists.
Stopping illegal immigration has long been voters’ number one immigration priority.
Most also support Trump’s plan for temporarily restricting immigration from countries with a history of terrorism and for testing to screen out newcomers who don’t share America’s values.
The new president has pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership mega-trade deal and promises to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. We’ll tell what voters think at 10:30 a.m. EST.
Trump this week also told business leaders that he hopes to cut regulations on corporations by 75% or more because current regulations “make it impossible to get anything built.” Few voters defend the current level of government regulation.
Most voters support the president’s plan for major spending and staffing cuts in the federal government, but many still worry he won’t shrink the government enough.
Despite the mainstream media churning out headlines praising Barack Obama’s approval and leading people to believe he’s the most popular president since Lincoln, further digging into the numbers reveals that overall he was one of the least popular presidents since World War II.
According to Gallup polling that recorded each president’s average approval rating during their time in office, Barack Obama came in somewhere between Nixen (higher than Obama) and Carter (lower than Obama). Not exactly an achievement to brag about for a president who served two terms with an average approval of only 47.9%. Yet if you believe the media you’d be under the impression that voters would have been ecstatic about a third term of Obama’s policies.
As Gallup notes: “After his first year, he received sustained majority approval only once more during his first term in office,” and “shortly after his second term began, his support dipped back into the 40s and did not return to the majority level again until his final year in office.”
In other words, the public had high hopes for Obama when he came into office, and liked him when he was largely irrelevant in his final months. But while Obama was actually governing, the public consistently disapproved of the job he was doing.
Yes, he won re-election. But he did so with 2 million fewer votes than he got in 2008, against a weak Republican opponent, and aided by a fawning media. Obama’s approval ratings fell again almost as soon as the election was over.
That story never got told, because for eight long years a smitten press desperately tried to avoid covering anything that made Obama look bad.
Hiding news that doesn’t fit an ideological or a partisan agenda is perhaps the worst form of media bias. And it’s one more reason the public holds the press is such low esteem.
With Obama coming in at the bottom third of presidential approval ratings in the past 60 years it should come as no surprise that someone like Donald Trump won the election, as a large portion voters have rejected the narrative of the popularity of Obama’s policies over his terms.