President Trump’s approval rating has risen to the level it was at before most of the country was forced to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a public opinion poll.
A survey taken by Rasmussen Reports indicates that 52 per cent of Americans approve of the job the president is doing.
It is the first time since February 27 that Rasmussen has given Trump a 52 per cent approval rating.
In March, the coronavirus began to spread more widely forcing many states into lockdown.
The Trump administration was criticized for not taking the virus seriously enough and waiting too long to enact measures that could limit its spread.
The administration’s coronavirus response appears to account for the president’s relatively low approval ratings during the spring and summer months.
Rasmussen, which is considered a polling organization that is friendly to the president, gave Trump a 42 per cent approval rating and a 55 per cent disapproval rating on June 29 – an all-time low.
At the time, the coronavirus began to make an even larger footprint in the middle of the country, where states had to adopt mitigation measures that negatively impacted the economy.
The president’s all-time high approval rating – 53 per cent – was recorded about a year ago, according to Rasmussen.
Trump’s high water mark bests that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who peaked at 52 per cent in January 2011, according to Rasmussen.
Rasmussen conducts telephone surveys of 500 likely voters every night. It then compiles three-day rolling averages.
According to Rasmussen, Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush, won re-election when they had 51 per cent approval ratings.
But other polling organizations believe that Trump’s approval rating is lower than what Rasmussen has found.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Ariel Zilber