While CNN’s general election polls for President Trump aren’t looking particularly promising, with Trump trailing most of the high-profile Democratic candidates, the network also found that Trump has reached a record high on the key issue of the economy. The new jobs report Friday will likely only drive that number higher. Two other recent polls have presented some more welcome news for the president on the Democrats’ impeachment campaign and the president’s approval numbers.
In a report Thursday, CNN revealed that its new CNN/SSRS poll found that Trump’s approval rating on the economy had hit a new high, 56% of Americans now saying he’s doing a good job.
“The result comes on the heels of the announcement that the US economy grew at a much better rate than expected in the first quarter, and Trump’s performance on the economy becomes one of his prime selling points for next year’s general election,” CNN reports. “Trump’s previous high mark in CNN polling on handling the economy came in March 2017 when 55% approved. Since then, he’s edged above 50% four times, but this is the first time it’s been meaningfully over the 50% line.”
CNN’s poll results come amid even more good economic news, as summarized by CNBC Friday (formatting adjusted):
The U.S. jobs machine kept humming along in April, adding a robust 263,000 new hires while the unemployment rate fell to 3.6%, the lowest in a generation, according to a Labor Department report Friday. Nonfarm payroll growth easily beat Wall Street expectations of 190,000 and a 3.8% jobless rate. Average hourly earnings growth held at 3.2% over the past year, a notch below Dow Jones estimates of 3.3%. The monthly gain was 0.2%, below the expected 0.3% increase, bringing the average to $27.77. The average work week also dropped 0.1 hours to 34.4 hours.
While Trump enjoys positive economic news, he also appears to be winning the impeachment argument. According to Quinnipiac, while Americans are divided on whether Trump has committed a crime since taking office, they strongly oppose impeachment.
“In today’s survey, 46 percent of voters say Trump committed crimes since he became president and 46 percent say he did not commit crimes,” Quinnipiac reported Thursday. “But American voters say 66 – 29 percent that Congress should not begin impeachment of President Trump.”
The poll found that 53% of voters say investigating Trump distracts Congress from dealing with other important national issues; 43% say Congress can do both. A strong majority (72%) said Special Counsel Robert Mueller conducted a fair investigation, and 51% said he did not fully clear Trump of wrongdoing.
Rasmussen‘s daily presidential tracking poll also has some pretty good news for the president, finding that he’s back up to 50%, which is one point better than Obama at the same point in his presidency. “The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove,” the pollster reported Friday. “The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -4.”