Trump’s Approval Rating Has Already Recovered From Its Impeachment Slump
Published in The Washington Post
on January 6, 2020
Tensions with Iran have rightly dominated the news in the past week, but one important item has escaped attention: President Trump’s job approval rating has regained all the ground lost after his telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky came to light and now stands close to a three-year high. This should worry Democrats.
Trump’s approval rating as of Monday afternoon is 45.2 percent in the RealClearPolitics average. That is nearly equal to the level he was at on Sept. 24, the day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared her support for impeachment. Before that, Trump’s approval hasn’t been this high since Feb. 20, 2017, a mere month after he was inaugurated.
Three years of nonstop attacks have done nothing to dent his support. The Mueller probe, incendiary tweets galore, “kids in cages” at the border and now impeachment: Against Beltway expectations, Trump has fended it all off.
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Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.