The latest numbers for Trump are a continuation of his steady rise in job approval rating. Having been underwater by double-digits for most of his presidency, Trump has recently shaved off the spread and is now virtually even with his approval and disapproval rating.
In what was Trump’s first major legislative accomplishment as president, he signed GOP-led tax reform into law late last year. The reforms were the most sweeping changes to U.S. tax law since the Reagan administration, slashing tax rates across the board for U.S. companies and the average American taxpayer.
In the same Quinnipiac survey, 70 percent of respondents said they believed the U.S. economy is excellent or good — this is the best rating of that question from Quinnipiac since 2001. Additionally, 75 percent said they have a positive view of their personal financial situation.
Rasmussen just announced that my approval rating jumped to 49%, a far better number than I had in winning the Election, and higher than certain “sacred cows.” Other Trump polls are way up also. So why does the media refuse to write this? Oh well, someday!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018
However, things have changed dramatically since the passage of tax reform. Another CNN poll released in January showed Democrats still carrying an edge over Republicans, but this time by only a five-point margin.
Last December, an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll had Democrats 11 points ahead of the GOP. In January, that same poll showed the Democratic advantage narrowed to six. An Ipsos survey in December showed national Democrats ahead by 14 points. In January, their poll, too, narrowed the gap to just six points.
Typically, the party in control of the White House loses seats during midterm elections. If Trump and the GOP continue to see an uptick in their popularity, the party can maintain its majority control of Congress.