Trump favorability hits new high

Trump favorability hits new high
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE’s favorability rating has spiked as the president-elect enjoys a honeymoon period with voters ahead of his inauguration next month.

A Bloomberg Politics survey released Wednesday found that 50 percent of those polled have a positive view of Trump. That’s up from only 33 percent who viewed Trump favorably in the same poll from August.

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It’s a significant reversal for Trump, who was a historically unpopular presidential candidate. Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE were among the most disliked candidates in the modern era.

Until the release of Wednesday’s Bloomberg poll, Trump had not reached the 50 percent favorability mark in any survey conducted in the last two years since he began running for president.

Most surveys have shown Trump deep underwater. In the RealClearPolitics average, Trump is at 57.5 percent negative and only 38.4 percent positive.

One Quinnipiac survey from May found Trump with a 49-point net negative rating, at 20 percent positive and 69 percent negative.

While Trump’s recovery is impressive, it’s a far cry from where President Obama was around the time of his inauguration. In January 2009, a Gallup survey put Obama’s favorability rating at 68 percent.

Trump also trails the post-election favorability rating enjoyed by the last Republican president, George W. Bush. In December 2000, a Gallup survey put Bush's favorability rating at 59 percent.

Still, Trump’s surge in popularity should benefit his ability to govern in the short term. Seventy-three percent of those surveyed said they’d be fine with Trump recalibrating his positions from the campaign.

“The public seems to be giving him a long leash,” said pollster Ann Selzer. “Most Americans don’t seem concerned about him changing positions that were the core of his campaign.”

The Bloomberg survey of 999 U.S. adults was conducted between Dec. 2 and Dec. 5 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.