Is Trump More Popular Than Obama?

Randolph Lopez
February 11, 2018

The improved economy has resulted in a 40 percent approval rating for President Donald Trump - his best showing in seven months, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday.

While it's hard to peg an increase in the president's approval rating to any specific event, some news items over the last few months may have helped boost Mr. Trump.

Is it appropriate for a president to ask officials from the Department of Justice for loyalty? A whopping 83 percent of Republicans voters -- almost the number of party faithful who tend to approve of Trump's job performance -- say that Trump hasn't tried to derail anything.

47 percent disapprove of the way he has handled taxes; 45 percent approve.

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The poll, released Friday, finds that just more than half of those surveyed, 53 percent, say that the special counsel probe is a "fair" investigation into Trump's campaign, while 28 percent say it is "unfair".

48 percent say Trump is more responsible for the economic growth than former President Barack Obama. A list of topics that Mueller has provided to Trump's lawyers suggests any interview between the two could focus substantially on obstruction of justice issues.

Voters contend Trump is doing more to divide the country than to unite it by 60 percent to 35 percent.

"Even before last Friday's release of the House Intelligence Committee Republican memo, 49 percent said a special prosecutor is needed to see if the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been playing politics", the report said. Still, 62% think the plan mostly helps the wealthy, a number almost unchanged since November.Favorable views of the Republican Party are up from 24% before tax reform passed to 32% now, though a majority of voters, 51%, still view the governing party unfavorably.This was conducted February 2-5, 2018, among 1,333 registered voters. The margin for sampling error is ±3.3 percent points among all voters; it is larger for subgroups.

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