The Trump impeachment bump

  • Registered voters favoring a second term for Trump is up from 41% to 50%
  • Trump’s job approval, foreign affairs and trade numbers hit their record highs
  • Trump’s approval on economy is highest of any president in more than 18 years
  • Majority favor finding Trump not guilty of impeachment charges
  • Republican favorability jumps 8 percentage points and is highest since 2005
  • More Americans now identify as Republican than Democrat

Impeachment, Schmimpeachment.

President Trump’s job approval rating has risen to 49%, according to Gallup. It is the highest ranking of his presidency in the poll.

His previous best number was 46%.

The rise in the most recent approval rating is due to better marks among Republicans and independents.

Trump also busted the ceiling on the economy with the best economic approval rating of any president since late 2001. His ratings on foreign affairs and trade are also the best of his presidency. Favorability of the Republican Party is at its highest since 2005. And more Americans now identify themselves as Republican ore Republican-leaning.

Breaking down the job approval numbers:

Republican approval of Trump: 94%, up 6 from early January.

Independents’ approval of Trump: 42%, up 5.

Democrat approval of Trump: 7%, down 3.

The poll showing good news for Trump was conducted January 16 through 29, in the middle of the Senate impeachment trial.

Gallup found 52% of Americans favor finding Trump not guilty of impeachment charges. Forty-six percent (46%) favor convicting Trump and removing him from office.


Sixty-three percent (63%) say they approve of Trump’s handling of the economy. That’s up 6 from November and “the highest economic approval rating not only for Trump, but for any president since George W. Bush enjoyed stratospheric job approval ratings in the first few months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.”


According to Gallup, Trump is at his best numbers for handling foreign affairs (47%) and trade (50%).

Republican and Democrat Parties

For the first time since 2005, Republican favorability has surpassed 50%.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans view the Republican Party favorably, according to Gallup. That’s up 8 from September.

Slightly less, 45% of Americans, have a positive opinion of the Democrat Party. That’s down 3 from September.

Gallup finds 48% of Americans identifying as Republicans or Republican-leaning compared to 44% who said they are Democrats or Democrat-leaning. That’s a flip from the Democrat party advantage for much of last year.

Among registered voters, 50% favor a second term for Trump. That is up 9 from where the number stood just before the 2018 midterm elections (41%).

According to Gallup, Gallup President Clinton received a similar boost after he was impeached:

  • Clinton’s approval rating spiked to a personal high of 73% after the House impeachment vote, and stayed above his pre-impeachment readings through his acquittal by the Senate in early 1999.
  • A seven-point average Democratic advantage in party identification and leaning in two early December 1998 polls (49% to 42%) swelled to an average 17 points (53% to 36%) in two late December polls after the Dec. 19, 1998, impeachment vote.
  • The latest impeachment saga has had a different effect on party favorable ratings, however. When Clinton was impeached, favorable ratings of the Democratic Party were unchanged (but high, at 57% and 58% in two December polls), while the GOP’s ratings plummeted, falling from 43% pre-impeachment to an all-time low of 31% after the House vote to impeach.
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