Trump Midterm Approval Rating Higher Than Obama

With the midterm elections approaching, a new poll has President Trump’s approval rating reaching an all-time high and is higher than former President Obama’s rating from about the same 2010 time period.

The Hill reports:

President Trump’s approval rating before the November elections has jumped to a higher level than former President Obama’s ahead of the 2010 midterms, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll found Trump’s approval rating at its highest level for that poll yet, at 47 percent. Obama’s approval rating was 45 percent around the same time in 2010, according to a similar NBC/Wall Street Journal poll taken in late October 2010.

Trump retains a significantly high rating from his Republican base.

Trump is a historically unpopular president among the general U.S. population, but consistently retains extremely high levels of Republican support. Recent polls have put him at around a 90 percent approval rating among Republicans.

Following the outrage from liberal activists over the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, both parties are energized and have an interest in the upcoming midterm elections according to the poll.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

In the aftermath of the bitter confirmation fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans have closed the once-large gap between their voters’ and Democrats’ interest in the election. Now, 68% of Republican voters and 72% of Democrats say they are very interested in the election—the highest recorded for either party by the survey in a midterm election.

The poll also shows the country’s political divide in America between the parties is “a problem.”

One matter of broad national consensus emerged from the poll: 80% said the U.S. today was a divided country, and 90% said the political divisions between Republicans and Democrats are a problem.

President Trump’s approval rating coupled with an energized Republican base could be enough to block the Democrat blue wave.