THE CONSERVATIVE REVIEW - July 31, 2018
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*-- Poll: Trump's approval rating climbs to highest level yet --*
More Americans favor the job President Donald Trump is doing, as his average approval rating during his sixth quarter in office marked his personal best.
Results of a new Gallup Poll released Tuesday show Trump's approval rating was at 41.9 percent for April 20 through July 19, exceeding his average of 39.1 percent in his fifth quarter.
The sixth quarter included a personal high of 45 percent during the week of his historic June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The approval rating for Trump after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he publicly doubted U.S. intelligence accounts of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, appeared unaffected despite criticism from both parties.
Trump's best is still historically low compared with the nine other post-World War II presidents elected to their first term in office. It is the lowest of all but one -- Jimmy Carter.
In April through June 1978, a Gallup Poll revealed 41.8 percent of Americans approved of the job Carter was doing as president.
Party lines show an expected divide regarding the president's sixth quarter, with an 88 percent approval rating among Republicans, 36 percent approval with independents and 9 percent approval rating among Democrats.
The poll points out other presidents were also below majority level approval at this point in their presidencies, including Ronald Reagan (44.2 percent), Bill Clinton (46.1 percent) and Barack Obama (47.3 percent), who all three, like Carter, were serving during challenging economic times.
George W. Bush had the highest sixth-quarter average, 74.9 percent, which came during a time after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
From a broader perspective, Trump's sixth-quarter average ranks in the bottom fifth of the nearly 300 presidential quarters in Gallup's polling history.
Results for the Gallup poll were based on telephone interviews conducted April 23 through July 22 with a random sample of 19,414 adults living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The margin of sampling error is 1 percentage point.
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