Trump Stares Down Impeachment Effort With Highest Approval Since 2017

President Trump may be staring down an impeachment effort on Wednesday morning but he is doing so with the highest approval rating he has had since the first year of his presidency.

According to a new Gallup poll, Trump’s approval rating has spiked 6 points since House Democrats first opened the impeachment inquiry against him in October, now resting at 45 percent.

From the report:

The president’s latest approval rating is from a Dec. 2-15 poll, conducted as the Democratic-controlled House held hearings on whether Trump should be impeached. The House is likely to vote to impeach the president on Wednesday, though Trump’s removal from office is unlikely in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Approval of the president’s performance remains high among Republicans (89%) and low among Democrats (8%). Less than half of political independents approve, but the current 42% is up from 34% at the start of the impeachment hearings and matches their highest rating of Trump so far.

Trump’s latest job rating is on the high end of the relatively tight range of 35% to 46% approval he has received since taking office, and marks the fifth time he has reached 45% or higher during his presidency. His approval stretched to 46% only once, in May of this year, when a flurry of positive economic news coincided with the issuing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

The Washington Examiner reports House Democrats are also planning to proceed with impeachment as support for it wanes:

Support for impeachment has also dwindled since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the proceedings. In October, support for impeachment was at 52%, but that has dropped six points to 46%. Opposition to impeachment has climbed five points from 46% in October to 51% in December.

Several other positive polls that have surfaced out of the impeachment timeline have boosted Trump’s average approval rating to its highest point in years, according to FiveThirtyEight. His average approval is at 43.5%, which his highest mark since March 16, 2017, his 56th day in office.

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