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Trump Supported By 52 Percent In New Poll

| by Jordan Smith

A Rasmussen poll released on Feb. 14 shows that 52 percent of likely American voters approve of President Donald Trump's job performance.

Americans are dramatically split among partisan lines, though. Among Republicans, Trump's approval rating was much higher at 79 percent. The opposition party is considerably cooler on Trump, with 72 percent of Democrats disapproving of him.

Non-affiliated voters were almost evenly split, with 51 percent in favor of the President and 49 percent against.

However, the picture is complicated by other polls pointing to growing opposition to Trump.

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Gallup's daily tracker for Feb. 13 found that Trump had a 55 percent disapproval rating, the Washington Post reported. This figure is higher than it was for former President Barack Obama during his entire first term in office.

Such levels of disapproval in the polls have not stopped Trump in the past. Immediately prior to Trump's November 2016 election victory, Gallup registered a 62 percent unfavorable rating for the Republican candidate.

One of the most divisive issues since Trump took office has been his travel ban on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. The ban is currently on hold after an appeals court ruling.

Support for the measure in national polls ranges from 42 to 47 percent, with 51 to 55 percent of respondents expressing their opposition.

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The ban suffered another blow Feb. 13 when U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled that Trump's executive order violated the First Amendment.

"The president himself acknowledged the conceptual link between a Muslim ban and the EO (executive order)," wrote Brinkema, the BBC reported.

Brinkema was ruling in a case brought by two brothers from Yemen who were denied entry after the ban was imposed. They were subsequently allowed to enter the U.S.

Sources: Rasmussen, Washington Post (2), BBC / Photo Credit: Office of the President of the United States/Wikimedia Commons

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