KEY POINTS

  • Trump's approval rating in the latest Hill/HarrisX poll improves to 49% from 46%
  • 57% of males support Trump
  • 59% of whites support Trump compared to 17% for African-Americans

President Donald Trump's approval rating among voters for the Dec. 13-14 period improved to 49 percent while 51 percent said they disapprove. Of the 49 percent that approved, 29 percent said they strongly approve of Trump's performance in office. Of the 51 percent that disapproved, 38 percent said they strongly disapprove of Trump.

While showing Trump still remains unpopular among half of American voters, the new poll by the nonpartisan website, The Hill, along with market research and consulting services company HarrisX is a marked improvement from the previous poll taken Dec. 8-9, which revealed a 46 percent approval rating for Trump. This poll also showed a 54 percent disapproval rating.

The question asked of the 1,000 respondents was: "Do you approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president of the United States?" The margin of error was 3.1 percent.

Trump's 49 percent approval is only 2 percent short of his highest-ever approval rating of 51 percent in August 2018, according to The Hill. It's also similar to that of a Hill/HarrisX poll released Oct. 2, which showed Trump's approval rising to 49 percent, its highest mark this year. The October poll was taken after House Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry into Trump on Sept. 24.

The bump in Trump's favorability rating in the latest Hill/HarrisX poll was taken before Trump's impeachment by the House on Dec. 18 on charges of abuse of office and obstruction of Congress. The latest poll also shows that almost 9 in 10 GOP respondents (87 percent) support Trump compared to 22 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of independents.

At a rally in the swing state of Michigan Trump said the economy would be his shield against any assault from the eventual Democratic challenger in 2020 At a rally in the swing state of Michigan Trump said the economy would be his shield against any assault from the eventual Democratic challenger in 2020 Photo: AFP / Brendan Smialowski

Broken down, the Dec. 13-14 poll shows that of the 49 percent of respondents that approved of Trump's performance, 29 percent strongly approve while 19 percent somewhat approve. Of the 51 percent of that disapproved of Trump, 38 percent said they strongly disapprove and 13 percent said they somewhat disapproved.

The poll showed 57 percent of male respondents support Trump against 41 percent of females. Fifty-nine (59) percent of white male and female voters support Trump compared to 17 percent of African-Americans and 29 percent of Latinos.

Trump's polls are strongest among middle age Americans. Fifty-seven (57) percent of the 35 to 49-year-old age group like him. Sixty-one percent of elderly Americans (65 years old and up) approve of the job Trump is doing. Trump's support is weakest among 18 to 34 year olds at 47 percent.

Fifty-eight (58) percent of Independents disapprove of Trump as against 42 percent that take the opposite view.