Trump job approval rises amid record partisan gap: Gallup

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE's job approval rating rose 4 percentage points in a Gallup poll released Thursday that also found the partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats at a record high.

The president's approval rating now stands at 43 percent, compared to 39 percent in August, according to the polling giant.


Gallup also noted that the 86-point gap between Republicans and Democrats in the new poll tied a record. An overwhelming 91 percent of Republicans now approve of Trump's performance, compared to just 5 percent of Democrats. More than one-third of independents — 38 percent — approve of the job he is doing. 

Gallup said the 86-point difference has been measured three times during Trump's presidency and once during the term of his predecessor.

Former President Obama had a gap of 86 percentage points between Republicans and Democrats around the 2012 election, Gallup noted.

Former President George W. Bush was the only other president to have a partisan gap above 80 percentage points, most often during the 2004 election period. 

Trump's recent boost in support comes during a month in which he fired former national security adviser John BoltonJohn Bolton Trump ignores science at our peril Bolton defends decision to shutter NSC pandemic office US retaliates with missile strikes in Iraq MORE and canceled talks with the Taliban at Camp David and as Democratic presidential candidates took to the stage for their third debate. 

The new poll was conducted from Sept. 3 to 15 surveying 1,525 adults over the age of 18 in the United States. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.