A new CNN poll indicates President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have rebounded to their highest point since the 100-day mark in his presidency.
The poll, conducted by SSRS, reports a 42% overall approval of the way Trump is handling his presidency, which places Trump within four points of predecessors Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama at the same point in their terms. This poll was conducted during March 22- 25, before the Trump administration announced the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats in response to what the U.S. and allies believe was Russian involvement in the nerve-gas poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter.
The independent research company polled 1014 respondents, 408 by landline and 606 by cell phone. The poll was conducted in English and Spanish, and weighted to reflect the national census. 29 percent of respondents identified themselves as Democrats, 25 percent said they were Republicans, and 46 percent said they were independent or other. Trumps numbers rose seven points overall last month, with his highest marks being for his handling of economic issues.
For the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the economy?” 48 percent — nearly half of respondents — approved, with 7 percent having no opinion.
To the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling foreign affairs?” 39 percent approved, with 8 percent having no opinion. President Trump has received both criticism and praise for his handling of perceived national threats from Russia and North Korea.
For foreign trade handling, the president received a 38 percent approval rating, possibly in response to recent action he took implementing tariffs aimed at Chinese imports, steel and aluminum, which sparked rumors of possible trade wars.
When it comes to a question of approving of the way the president handled the polarizing issue of gun violence, only 36 percent of respondents approved, with 10 percent having no opinion.
To the question “How do you think Donald Trump has handled U.S. relations with Russia so far?” 47 percent of those polled said he is too easy on Russia, and 41 percent felt his handling was ‘about right’ with 8 percent having no opinion.
For the group of questions that began with “Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities please say whether you think each one applies to Donald Trump”, 42 percent said the president cared about people like them, and 40 percent said he could manage the country effectively. When asked if they thought Trump will unite the country and not divide it, 35 percent said he would unite it — the highest rating since August 2017. In the question of Donald Trump being someone you are proud to have as president, 38 percent said he is =- the highest since July 2016.
In the poll, SSRS referred to two women who “have said that they had relationships with Donald Trump which were sexual and occurred during Trump’s marriage to Melania Trump.”
The question that followed asked if respondents believed the women or the president. 21 percent said they believed the president, and 63 percent said they believed the women. There are both party and gender divides at play in this area. Women were more apt than men (70 to 54 percent) to say they believed the women claiming to have had affairs.
A question was worded: “2 women are currently pursuing lawsuits seeking to nullify agreements they made which prevented them from talking about any relationships they may have had with Donald Trump. Both women received monetary compensation as part of these agreements. Do you think those women should be free to talk about any relationship with Donald Trump or do you think the agreements should remain in place?”
51 percent of respondents said the women should be free to discuss, 41 percent felt the agreements should remain in place.
59 percent of women felt the women should be free to discuss, while 48 percent of the men said the agreements should remain in place.
78 percent of Democrats felt the women should be free to talk, 49 percent of Independents and 25 percent of Republicans felt they should be freed from the non-disclosure agreements.
Nearly two thirds of those asked supported the President’s plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
~ Conservative Zone