A new Zogby Poll shows President Trump is gaining ground with a variety of voters Democrats are hoping to court in 2020, as well as an approval rating that’s never been higher.
The poll, released Tuesday, shows nearly half of Generation Z voters approve of the president, who is also making gains with Hispanic, Independent, college educated and urban voters.
Of the 852 likely voters polled between May 2 and 9, 51 percent said they either somewhat approve or strongly approve of Trump’s job performance.
Zogby offered some perspective:
President Trump’s job approval rating has seen a post Mueller report boost! 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.
At the moment, President Trump’s approval rating is higher than Obama’s at the same point in his presidency – Zogby Analytics had President Obama at 48 percent/ 52 percent disapprove on May 9, 2011.
Trump’s approval rating is currently “at its best since we’ve been tracking the figure,” the pollster reports.
The president enjoys relatively strong support from 27 percent of African Americans and 45 percent of Hispanics polled, “both very good numbers historically for Trump.”
When it comes to who voters trust more – Trump or Democrat leaders – Trump holds an advantage with men, college educated voters, voters in the West, those between the ages of 35 and 54, medium city voters, social networkers, Independents, urban men, and suburban men.
All of those demographics also trust Trump more to handle the economy, though women in general, and suburban women in particular, were slightly more likely to trust Democrats.
Those who were the most optimistic about the economy over the next four years included voters with household incomes above $75,000 per year and Hispanics, as well as folks who live in medium and large cities and in the suburbs. Voters in small cities were split on expectations for the economy.
“Overall, a plurality (46%) of likely voters, trust President Trump more than Democratic leaders (42%) to grow the U.S. economy and 12% are not sure who they can trust,” Zogby reports.
“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.”
The Zogby polls seems to align with similar polls conducted by Gallup and other pollsters, though many report a lower approval rating. A Gallup poll conducted in late April put Trump’s approval rating at 46 percent, which the pollster claims to have slid to 42 percent through mid-May due to an ongoing trade war with China. The 46 percent rating was the highest recorded by Gallup during Trump’s presidency.
Rasmussen Reports, which conducts a daily Presidential Tracking Poll, puts Trump’s job approval rating at 45 percent of likely U.S. voters, while a Real Clear Politics average of all polls conducted since April 26 stands at 43.8 percent approval.