Trump averages highest approval rating of his presidency in second quarter: Gallup

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE’s job approval rating is near its all-time high and his second-quarter average is the best of his presidency, according to the latest data from Gallup.

From mid-April to mid-July, Trump’s 10th quarter in office, the president had an average approval rating of 42.7 percent. That topped his previous best quarter of 41.9 percent, which came during his sixth quarter in office.

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Gallup noted, however, that Trump’s job approval rating has fluctuated between a very narrow range of 36.8 percent to 42.7 percent, giving him a strong floor of support but a low ceiling.

And Trump’s current job approval is off its high mark of 46 percent, reached in mid-April, and stands at 44 percent as of July 12.

The Gallup data does not account for Trump’s latest controversy, in which he attacked four Democratic women of color in Congress, saying they should “go back” to where they came from.

At a reelection rally last night in North Carolina, Trump ramped up his criticism, provoking the crowd to break into a chant of “send her back” in reference to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Tlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bulls--- purity test' MORE (D-Minn.), a U.S. citizen from Somalia.

The House on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning Trump’s remarks.

Trump’s 10th quarter average is good news for the president as he makes the case that U.S. economic strength will continue if he’s elected to a second term.

But his 42.7 percent 10th quarter average is historically low, ranking in the bottom 22 percent for presidents across every quarter dating back to 1945.

And it’s the second lowest 10th quarter average on record for an incumbent president heading into a reelection year, better only than former President Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Trump spends big in Texas, raising questions about whether he's worried Here's how senators can overcome their hyperpartisanship with judicial nominees MORE, who was at 30.7 percent approval.

Former President Obama was 4-points higher than Trump, at 46.8 percent approval. Trump’s 10th quarter average is closest to former President Reagan, who was about 2-point higher, at 44.4 percent, at a time when the economy suffered from double-digit unemployment.

“Presidents Reagan and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Obama's high school basketball jersey sells for 0,000 at auction Dirty little wars and the law: Did Osama bin Laden win? MORE came back from roughly similar approval ratings to win re-election; however, both came into office during poor economic times and were operating with unemployment rates at or near double digits during their third years in office,” Gallup wrote.

“In contrast, Trump took office when the economy was generally healthy. He can point to improvements under his watch, most notably the recent 50-year low in unemployment, as well as solid economic growth and record stock values. Americans are likely already taking the good economy into account when evaluating Trump.”