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The Hill newspaper reported on Harvard University polling show that President Donald Trump’s approval rating has been on the rise — to the highest it’s been in two years — aided by a strong economy.

“President Trump’s job approval rating is the highest it’s been in two years, boosted by voter optimism about the economy, according to the latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey,” reported The Hill’s Jonathan Easley. “The survey found that 48 percent approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 52 percent who said they disapprove. That’s up from 45 percent approval in March. The last time the president’s job approval rating reached 48 percent in the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey was in June of 2017. Trump appears to be getting a lift from the economy, with a record 62 percent approving of his approach to employment and 59 percent approving of his handling of the economy.”

Even while some observers say that Rasmussen Reports has a conservative bias, Rasmussen recently reported the same approval rating as Harvard.

“The president’s job approval rating is at 42.5 percent in the RealClearPolitics average. A recent Rasmussen Reports survey found Trump at 48 percent,” The Hill wrote. “Gallup has registered some momentum for Trump recently. The president’s job approval in that survey bounced from 39 percent in March to 46 percent in late April, before falling back to 42 percent this month.”

The Hill noted that Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll is a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and The Harris Poll, and that “The Hill will be working with Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll throughout 2019.”




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