by WorldTribune Staff, May 15, 2019
Solid gains amid independents, millennials, minorities and even some Democrats have pushed President Donald Trump over the 50 percent approval threshold, according to the latest Zogby Poll.
Trump’s approval rating is at 51 percent, his highest ever in the survey.
“With a solid economy, a potentially long and drawn out primary season for Democratic presidential candidates, plus solid gains with independents, millennials, urban voters, college educated voters, and minorities, Trump could be very hard to defeat in 2020,” said Zogby Analytics pollster Jonathan Zogby.
Trump’s approval rating has improved to 27 percent among African Americans and 45 percent among Hispanics “both very good numbers historically for Trump,” Zogby said.
Trump’s approval rating is higher than President Barack Obama’s at the same point in Obama’s presidency. Zogby Analytics had President Obama at 48 percent approve/52 percent disapprove on May 9, 2011.
“In addition to his base of supporters, Trump might be able to piece together another coalition and produce another improbable victory, as long as everything goes as planned, but we still have a lot of time left on the game clock,” added Zogby.
Trump’s job approval rating has also “seen a post Mueller report boost,” Zogby said. “We called it a few weeks ago. But that’s not the complete story as to why the president has reached a peak in his job approval rating. Trump is also riding high on positive economic news-a record high stock market, low unemployment, and solid GDP growth at home.”
Overall, likely voters said that they trusted Trump over Democrats, 46 percent to 42 percent, to “grow” the economy.
The survey also found a surprising 22 of Democrats approved of Trump’s performance. But it also found that 59 percent of elderly voters disapproved of Trump, 59 percent to 41 percent.