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Poll: Trump Enjoys 46 Percent Approval Rating

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President Donald Trump's approval rating currently stands at 46 percent, according to a new poll.

The daily presidential tracker from Rasmussen Reports, based on a survey of 500 likely voters, also noted that 53 percent of respondents disapprove of Trump's performance.

Rasmussen Reports found that 30 percent strongly approved of Trump, compared to 44 percent who strongly disapproved, giving him a presidential approval index rating of -14.

Rasmussen's numbers contrast with those of a Gallup poll also released on Nov. 13. Gallup's survey, carried out among 1,028 people from Nov. 2 to 8, gave Trump an approval rating of 37 percent, compared to 59 percent who disapproved.

On policy, 45 percent of those polled by Gallup approved of Trump's handling of the economy, while 51 percent were dissatisfied.

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With Congress attempting to move ahead with tax reform legislation, 37 percent of Gallup's poll respondents said they approved of how Trump handled taxes, while 55 percent stated that they disapproved.

The Washington Post reported on Nov. 13 that Trump intends to visit Congress on Nov. 16 to make a final push for tax reform in an address to House Republicans. The House is scheduled to vote Nov. 16 on a tax bill.

"Ahead of the House's upcoming vote on tax reform legislation, the president will speak to [House Republicans] about how important cuts and reform are to jumpstart our economy, make our businesses more competitive, and let hardworking Americans keep more of their well-earned paychecks," said White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, according to Roll Call.

Trump has been urging that tax reform be passed by the end of 2017. However, the Post noted that Congress could have an even shorter timeframe due to the special Senate election in Alabama. If Democrat Doug Jones defeats Republican Roy Moore, the GOP's majority would become a narrower 51 to 49, making a vote more difficult.

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In a Nov. 13 tweet, Trump called on Congress to use the tax legislation to repeal part of Obamacare known as the individual mandate, which compels people to buy health care insurance.

"I am proud of the Rep. House & Senate for working so hard on cutting taxes {& reform.} We're getting close! Now, how about ending the unfair & highly unpopular Indiv Mandate in OCare & reducing taxes even further? Cut top rate to 35% w/all of the rest going to middle income cuts?" he wrote on Twitter, according to The Washington Post.

Throughout his election campaign, Trump pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare, but has failed to do so thus far. Gallup's Nov. 13 poll found that 31 percent of respondents expressed approval with Trump's approach to health care, while 64 percent disapproved.

CNN reported Nov. 4 that Trump's highest rating from 10 major polls conducted during October was 38 percent, while the lowest approval rating was 33 percent. The president's average approval rating was 37.1 percent, while his average disapproval rating was 57.1 percent.

Sources: Rasmussen Reports, Gallup, CNN, The Washington Post, Roll Call / Featured Image: Sean Spicer/Twitter via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Evan Walker/whitehouse.gov via Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

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