Poll: Trump approval rating ticks up in first post-acquittal numbers

President Trump’s approval rating ticked up by two points from 47 percent to 49 percent in the first Hill/HarrisX survey since he was acquitted on two impeachment charges earlier this week. 

The uptick is within the poll’s margin of error, but Trump’s approval rating has been on the rise in the poll over the past few months. 

Trump is having a positive week even besides the acquittal. Earlier this week, Trump scored his highest rating since entering office in Gallup, where he also registered a 49 percent approval rating.

In Iowa, Democratic caucuses turned into a debacle, with the results delayed for days. In the end, the tight finish between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg pointed to a long Democratic race, which would be good news for Trump.

Finally, on Friday, Trump received more good news in the form of a report finding the economy added 225,000 jobs in January. 

“Trump approval is hovering near its all-time high due to a number of factors — sustained voter confidence in the economy, a string of foreign policy wins, and the victory lap engineered by his impeachment acquittal and the timing of the State of the Union,” Dritan Nesho, CEO & Founder of HarrisX told The Hill.

“He looks well positioned heading into this election year, but the question is will Trump be able to maintain the momentum and grow his base through renewed focus on government actions on issues like healthcare, or is this a short term bump driven by the political moment?” Nesho added.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 1,000 registered voters between Feb. 6 and 7. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 

— Gabriela Schulte



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