Trump Beats Obama on Issues in New Gallup Poll, Improves in Personality, Leadership Rating

By Janita Kan

A new Gallup poll has found that more Americans agree with President Donald Trump on issues than they did with Obama at the two-year mark of his presidency. Meanwhile, the poll also found Trump’s character rating had improved since two years ago.

Forty-seven percent of Americans, who were surveyed between April 17 and 30, expressed agreement with Trump on issues that matter most to them compared to 45 percent who agreed with Obama during a similar point in his presidency.

This is also up from 39 percent of Americans who agree with Trump on issues in July 2017, the poll said.

Additionally, 40 percent of Americans say Trump has the personality and leadership qualities of a president, which is up from 33 percent two years ago. The data not only showed that the overall percentage had increased but that also more Democrats and Independents think Trump possesses those qualities, which increased by 7 and 4 percentage points respectively.

The poll also found that 38 percent of Americans think Trump’s political views are “about right,” compared to 35 percent for Obama when surveyed in 2012.

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 27, 2019. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

This data comes after House Democrats ramped up a number of investigations on Trump after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report found the Trump campaign had not colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

These probes have been criticized as an attempt to impede the Trump administration’s work. The Democrats began their investigations on the president after gaining control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm election and increased the number of probes after Mueller’s redacted report was released. The House Democrats have so far launched 10 inquiries.

Similarly, after Mueller’s report was released other surveys picked up on how American views on Trump had improved.

A CNN poll, released on May 1, found 43 percent of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president—the highest since April 2017 for that poll. Back then, he had a 44 percent approval rating on the same poll. Additionally, those who strongly approve of Trump’s job as president reached an all-time high of 35 percent.

Moreover, in that poll, 59 percent of Americans say that they do not believe Trump should be impeached or removed from office while only 37 percent say he should.

Trump’s approval rating also reached a record number in a Gallup poll, released on May 3. There, he hit a 46 percent approval rating, which is similar to other polls like the The Hill/HarrisXNBC News/The Wall Street Journal, and Harvard-Harris (pdf).

The latest Rasmussen poll, which the president favors, found that Trump’s approval rating for May 28 is at 46 percent. It previously found that Trump had 10 days since April 1 where his approval rating was at or above 50 percent.

The recent Gallup poll was conducted on 1,024 Americans across the nation with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Petr Svab contributed to this report.