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Rasmussen: Trump's Approval Rating Rises To 59 Percent

| by Robert Fowler

On Jan. 25, a new poll conducted by the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports found that 59 percent of respondents approved of President Donald Trump's job performance while 41 percent disapproved. The survey found passionate responses on both sides, with 44 percent of respondents saying they strongly approved of him while 31 percent strongly disapproved.

The survey results mark a bump for the president following his inauguration. A previous Rasmussen poll released on Jan. 18 found that 52 percent of respondents approved of Trump while 48 percent disapproved.

Previous surveys conducted by the polling group had found that a majority of respondents responded favorably to the more populist rhetoric of Trump's inaugural address.

Rasmussen found that 72 percent of respondents agreed with Trump's assertion that too much prosperity and power was centered in Washington D.C., while 52 percent agreed with his calls for American protectionism, The Washington Times reports.

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On the same day, a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University indicated a less enthusiastic take on Trump, with only 36 percent of respondents approving of his first days in office. The Hill reported that 44 percent of respondents disapproved of his job performance while 19 percent said they were undecided.

The survey found a dramatic partisan split over Trump's favorability, with 81 percent of self-identified Republicans approving of the president while only 4 percent of self-percent of self-identified Democrats viewed him favorably. Only 35 percent of self-identified Independents approved of Trump's job performance.

The polling results for Trump throughout January have been decidedly mixed. Aggregating the 11 national polls conducted between Jan. 15 through Jan. 25, RealClearPolitics found that Trump has an average approval rating of 42 percent, while 49.6 percent view him unfavorably.

The RCP average has not yet been updated with Rasmussen and Quinnipiac's latest findings.

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FiveThirtyEight, the polling website spearheaded by statistician Nate Silver, currently designates both polling groups as conservative-leaning, although it measures Rasmussen to have a more pronounced bias.

On its scorecard for survey reliability, FiveThirtyEight gives Rasmussen a C+ and Quinnipiac an A-, based on the percentage of races the pollsters have accurately called and their survey techniques.

Sources: The Hill, FiveThirtyEightRasmussen Reports, RealClearPoliticsThe Washington Times / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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