Poll: Trump’s approval rating rebounds

Poll: Trump’s approval rating rebounds
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President Trump’s job approval rating has rebounded from its lows, as voters approve of the government’s response to a series of devastating hurricanes and the White House’s efforts to work with Democrats.

The latest Harvard-Harris survey found 45 percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 55 percent who disapprove.

That's up from 43 percent last month, which marked the low point for Trump in the survey.

The 45 percent approval rating in the Harvard-Harris poll is higher than most other polls. The president is at 41.3 percent in the RealClearPolitics average.

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Still, almost every major poll has shown an improvement in recent weeks after Trump bottomed-out in mid-August amid the blowback over his equivocal response to the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Trump has been boosted by his attention to the hurricanes that have racked the Gulf region and the government’s response. Sixty-five percent said they approve of Trump’s handling of the hurricanes.

And Trump’s newfound eagerness to work with Democrats polls well.

Eighty-four percent approve of Trump’s deal with Democrats, lead by Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerRed-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Trump's latest win: More Americans are saying, 'I quit!' MORE (N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), to temporarily raise the debt ceiling — a move that shocked GOP leaders, who received no concessions from Democrats in return.

Seventy-seven percent said Trump was right to deal with Democrats and bypass Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDoug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record MORE (R-Wis.).

Eighty-eight percent of voters want to see more deals between the White House and Democrats.

“His 65 percent approval for his work on the hurricanes, the strong economy, and bipartisan debt ceiling deal all helped President Trump gain a 45 per cent approval rating, up two points and reversing the slide of the last several months,” said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn.

While Trump’s approval rating has been bumping around historic lows for this early point in the first term of his presidency, the Republican Congress’s approval rating is much lower, at 32 percent positive and 68 percent negative. 

Only 59 percent of Republicans approve of the job the GOP-controlled Congress is doing. Conversely, the Democratic Party has a 43 percent approval rating and is boosted by 70 percent support from Democrats.

Eighty-one percent say Republicans in Congress are divided, compared to only 52 percent who say the same of Democrats.

That split was revealed again on Friday when Sen. John McCAin (R-Ariz.) said he would not vote for a GOP health-care reform bill, jeopardizing once again the party’s efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“Sen. McCain pretty much put a stake through the heart of the Republican Party as they remain at 68 per cent disapproval, where they fell after failing to stick together to pass healthcare,” said Penn. “McConnell remains in the cellar for failing to bring the party together and then getting into a spat with president trump.”

The Harvard-Harris Poll online survey of 2,177 registered voters was conducted from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20. The partisan breakdown is 37 percent Democrat, 31 percent Republican, 28 percent independent and 4 percent other.

The Harvard-Harris Poll is a collaboration of the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll. The Hill will be working with Harvard-Harris Poll throughout 2017. 

Full poll results will be posted online later today. The Harvard–Harris Poll survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics.

As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.