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Two polls show Trump approval hovering around 40% and Democratic excitement for 2018

Two new polls, taken before President Donald Trump launched airstrikes on Syria Friday night, spell bad news for Trum...

Posted: Apr 16, 2018 8:37 AM
Updated: Apr 16, 2018 8:37 AM

Two new polls, taken before President Donald Trump launched airstrikes on Syria Friday night, spell bad news for Trump and his political party.

Both polls released Sunday morning show that Trump's approval rating is still below 40 percent.

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that Trump's 38% average approval rating at 15 months on the job is the lowest on record in polls that date back to the administration of President Harry Truman.

The same poll also shows that 56% of Americans disapprove of the President's job performance, while 40% approve. Those who strongly disapprove of Trump outnumber those who strongly approve by nearly 2 to 1.

According to ABC News/Washington Post polls, this is Trump's highest approval rating in a year and comes as consumer confidence reached its highest since February 2001, according to the weekly Bloomberg Consumer Confort Index. When looking at approval ratings of Trump's handling of the economy, Americans are nearly evenly spit, with 46% approval and 48% disapproval.

On the other hand, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that Trump's job approval rating among all adults is at 39%, and 57% say they disapprove of his job performance.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll also shows that Democrats hold a seven-point advantage in congressional preference, with 47% of voters wanting a Democratic majority in Congress and 40% preferring a GOP-held Congress.

These numbers for Democrats aren't as strong as a poll taken in March, when they had a 10-point edge over Republicans, and 50% of voters said they desired a Democratic Congress as opposed to 40% who said they wanted Republicans to maintain control.

Another key takeaway from the poll is the advantage Democrats hold in enthusiasm, with 66% of Democrats polled expressing a high level of interest in the November midterm elections, as opposed to 49% of Republicans.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted April 8-11 among 1,002 voters nationwide, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted April 8-11. The sample size was 900 adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points for the full sample.

In both polls, voters were reached via cell phone or landline phone.

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