Donald Trump’s popularity rating is improving at a key moment in election year – boosting his chances of winning a second term in the White House.
As Bernie Sanders stormed to victory in the Nevada caucuses, establishing a grip on the Democratic primary, a new Gallup poll gave Trump a 49% approval rating and a disapproval rating of 48%. It was the first net positive for the president in the poll since the beginning of his presidency in January 2017.
The FiveThirtyEight website average of popularity polls shows Trump’s approval rising since September, when impeachment proceedings began.
Acquitted in his Senate impeachment trial, Trump’s average approval rating now stands at 43.3%, to 52.2% disapproving.
On Sunday, a CBS News poll said 65% of Americans think Trump will win re-election in a tight race against the eventual Democratic nominee.
The RealClearPolitics.com average of head-to-head polls puts Trump down four points against Sanders in a notional general election match-up.
Trump maintains a strong position regarding the electoral college, the means by which the president is elected, and which provided a path to the White House in 2016 despite defeat by Hillary Clinton in the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots.
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