GOP pollster: Negative media coverage making Trump more popular with his base

Republican pollster Jim Hobart said on Monday that negative media coverage of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE is only making him more popular with his base. 

"I think there's no doubt that when Trump supporters, or even some people that are lukewarm on the president when they feel like he is being unfairly attacked by the media, which I think happens a lot, they rally around him," Hobart, who is a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"That's when his numbers, his intensity numbers, get even higher. We saw that in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released last night," he continued. 

"His approval rating, 45 percent, is the highest of his presidency. Eighty-eight percent of Republicans approve of him. Again, the highest of his presidency, and the highest of any president, other than George W. Bush immediately after 9/11," he said. 

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey marked a 1-point increase in Trump's approval rating since last month. 

While Trump's approval rating among Republicans is at a record high, his overall approval rating is still the lowest of any modern president. 

— Julia Manchester