New survey: Approval rating for Trump takes a big jump

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President Donald Trump hit his highest weekly job approval average since mid-July, ending up with 39% for the week ending Dec. 31, according to the latest Gallup poll.

The president’s rise in approval ratings comes after news of Trump having signed the new tax bill into law on Friday, Dec. 22.

The last time Trump’s weekly approval average was at 39% was during the week of July 10-16. Trump’s weekly average was routinely at the 40% or higher level throughout the winter and early spring of 2017, but it was last at 40% or higher in May, and last reached as high as 39% in mid-July. The lowest his weekly average ever dipped was to 35%, recorded at several points last month and earlier in the fall and late summer.

Approval ratings for Trump via party:

  • Republicans: 82%
  • Independents: 34%
  • Democrats: 9%

Trump’s overall average for calendar year 2017 was 39%.

President Trump and congressional Republicans are now preparing to defend both chambers of Congress from Democrats during the 2018 midterm races.

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