The nuclear crisis with North Korea has been a test of President Trump’s ability to lead, and America is weighing in on how he is handling it. A new Rasmussen Reports poll has provided an update on the President’s approval rating, and there are surprising results.
Before the North Korean nuclear situation escalated last week, President Trump’s approval rating sat at 39%. That’s not great for someone in the first six months of their presidency, although President Trump has received far more negative and hostile press coverage than his predecessors, Democrat or Republican.
In the days following his response to threats by North Korea to attack the United States, President Trump’s poll numbers shot up six points.
President Donald Trump’s approval rating jumped to 45 percent in the days following the president suggesting U.S. military action against North Korea, a poll released Friday shows.
Trump’s approval rating increased from 39 percent last week, according to a daily presidential tracking poll by conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports.
Trump’s predecessor, former President Barack Obama, had an approval rating of 54 percentage at roughly the same point in his presidency.
The Rasmussen poll shows Trump’s approval rating increased after North Korean leader Kim Jung un threatened a missile strike on the nearby island of Guam, a U.S. territory with an American military base. And Trump responded Tuesday by saying that such action would be met with “fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Rasmussen Reports also showed 53 percent of likely voters disapprove of Trump’s job performance.
The polls are based on phone and online surveys for 500 likely voters a night, and the daily number reflects a three-day rolling average.
While it appears the President still has progress to make to win over a majority of Americans, his handling of the current crisis is s big first step. The violence in Charlottesville could be a setback, as many felt the President faltered by not directly condemning the Nazis and white supremacists. Kim Jong Un, howwever, could change that focus at any time.