The last few weeks have apparently been kind to President Donald Trump, as a new Rasmussen poll shows that the commander-in-chief’s approval rating has climbed back up to 50 percent after sinking to 42 percent in mid-March.
Just after his inauguration, Trump’s approval rating peaked at an impressive 59 percent, but it slowly fell downward until reaching its nadir on March 31.
Since then, the Trump administration has been buoyed by a series of victories, including the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s successful meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, his decisive reaction to the Syria chemical weapons attack, and a hardline approach to North Korea that has so far culminated in increased cooperation from China and a failed missile launch.
Supporters of the Trump administration have also expressed admiration for the U.S. military’s use of the MOAB, a 21,600-pound bomb that was dropped on a network of cave complexes used by ISIS fighters in Afghanistan.
Trump’s approval rating roughly mirrors former President Barack Obama’s at the same time last year, who clocked in at a 49 percent rating – roughly the average rating of his entire presidency barring a strong showing in the first and final years of his administration.
The Rasmussen poll also shows that Trump enjoys a 30 percent “Strongly Approve” rating; however, that figure is tempered by a 39 percent “Strongly Disapprove” rating, which places his Presidential Approval Index at -9, which is on par with Obama’s net rating at the same time last year.