Poll: Trump approval steady at 46 percent

President Trump’s approval rating remained steady in October amid an escalating impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives and multiple national security developments, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll.

Forty-six percent of Americans in the poll released Friday said they approve of Trump’s job in office, while 54 percent said they disapprove. Those figures are unchanged from a Harvard CAPS/Harris survey conducted in September.

The latest poll, conducted Oct. 29-31, capped off an eventful month with weeks of closed-door appearances from various current and former Trump administration officials offering testimony in the impeachment investigation into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

{mosads}”Despite all the turbulence Trump’s overall approval remains steady and it went up 5 points on fighting terrorism and three points in the economy,” Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, said in a statement to The Hill. “He has 57 percent approval in those key areas.”

The survey was conducted days after a U.S. raid ordered by Trump that led to the death of long-sought ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump has also enjoyed some strong economic figures, with the U.S. in October adding 128,000 jobs, surpassing expectations.

But Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria in early October sparked bipartisan backlash, with lawmakers condemning Turkey’s subsequent military offensive against Syrian Kurds who were instrumental in the U.S.-led fight against ISIS.

Trump has sought to make the economy a centerpiece of his 2020 reelection efforts while defending himself from the mounting impeachment inquiry in the House, which he has maintained is a partisan “witch hunt.”

The impeachment push entered a new phase on Thursday when the House voted to adopt procedures for the investigation as it moves into a more public phase. 

The Harvard CAPS/Harris poll surveyed 1,810 registered voters. The poll is a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and The Harris Poll. The Hill will be working with Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll throughout 2019.

Full poll results will be posted online later this week. The Harvard CAPS/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.

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