Election analyst says State of the Union, end of shutdown boosted Trump approval


Elections analyst Henry Olsen on Friday told Hill.TV that President Trump’s slight resurgence in his approval ratings is due to his recent State of the Union address and the end to the partial government shutdown. 

“I think he gets a little bit of a bump because it was a non-Republican speech. It was conciliatory; at least that’s how people who weren’t inexorably opposed to him would have seen it,” Olsen, a Washington Post columnist, told Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons on “What America’s Thinking.” 

“They tend to see a bump back up to their previous levels, and I think you’re beginning to register that,” he continued. “He was at 43 percent before the shutdown, went down to 41. I suspect in a month he’ll be back up 43, and this is the first sign.” 

A new Hill-HarrisX survey found that 47 percent of registered voters said they approved Trump, which is up from last week’s approval rating of 44 percent. 

Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday to a Democratic-controlled House and a Republican Senate. 

While Trump called for national unity, he did attack Democrats’ congressional investigations into him and touted his conservative stances. 

Julia Manchester

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