Trump overtakes Obama in popularity

Trump overtakes Obama in popularity
Trump overtakes Obama in popularity

The number of Americans supporting incumbent President Donald Trump reached 43 percent and exceeded Barack Obama’s support at the same time in 2012. Such conclusions were reached by researchers from the Gallup Institute after another poll, the result of which is published on the official website of the organization.

Barack Obama in the same period could boast only 40 percent of support. Trump himself recently emerged from this position – only 39 percent of voters supported him in August. His approval rating was 42 percent this year. The lowest, at 37 percent, was at the start of the year, and the highest, to 46 percent, rose after rumors of Trump’s ties to Russia were not confirmed.

At the same time, the results of the poll continue to show a record polarization of public opinion: among Republican voters, the head of state supports 91 percent, and among supporters of the Democratic Party – only 5 percent. The same figure, with only opposite values – 6 and 92 percent respectively – was Obama before his re-election in 2012.

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The only president before Trump and Obama on whom opinions differed by more than 80 percent was George W. Bush. Before him, the record of public schism belonged to Republican Ronald Reagan.