Trump's approval rating tops Obama's at same point in presidency

Marie Harrington
February 11, 2018

A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday shows a more nuanced look at how GOP voters view the Russian Federation investigation -- where they are unanimously skeptical and where their confidence has eroded over time.

Now that the special counsel investigation has reached the front steps of the White House, following increasing allegations that the president obstructed justice by trying to yield his influence to disrupt a probe that could determine Trump's fate as president.

Voters are now virtually evenly split on Trump's handling of taxes: 45% approve and 47% disapprove.

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Additionally, 48 percent of Americans polled credit Trump with the state of the economy, while 41 percent say Obama deserves more credit. In the new Quinnipiac poll, 46 percent say it's appropriate vs. 44 percent who say it's not appropriate. Perhaps if Trump and his cohorts in the Republican Congress, along with some of the more vocal Republican mouthpieces at Fox and in right-wing radio, were given the opportunity to spend even a fraction of the time spent by McCain in a POW camp, they would come away with a better understanding of what American patriotism really is all about. But ask GOP voters, and it's the polar opposite. In a December Economist survey, Mr. Trump's net approval rating stood at negative 14 percent. Fifty-five percent of Republicans still have a positive view of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the poll, despite Trump's feud with the agency.

Mueller's investigation is legitimate, 50 percent of voters say, while 42 percent say it is a "political witch hunt". Roughly a third, 35 percent, say he's been fair. "More than three in four Trump voters say that", according to YouGov on February 7. Yes, the Mueller investigation must be allowed to proceed unimpeded, and the scurrilous attacks against the FBI and Department of Justice must end. It has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.

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