By Dave Andrusko
During the opening sessions of the 2018 National Right to Life Convention, attendees have been delighted to be reminded about all that pro-life President Trump has accomplished for our Movement. We will be writing about that again later today.
Very much noting, although he is the object of 24/7 criticism by virtually every establishment media outlet, a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found the President’s approval rating has risen to 47%. What explains the 2% increase over the past month? The Hill’s Ben Kamisar wrote
Trump’s approval rating was lifted in part by a 10 point climb among Hispanic voters. His approval rating rose by 6 points among Republicans and by 4 points among Democrats compared to last month’s poll.
Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll co-director Mark Penn said, “He is holding his base and doing particularly well with men.” Significantly, the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll online survey of 1,448 registered voters was taken June 24-25 when the media was crushing Trump for his handling of immigration issues as it related to children.
Kamisar added, “Polls also show Trump benefitting from strong support from Republicans. He has a higher approval rating among Republican voters at this stage of his presidency than any GOP president in the modern era except for President George W. Bush, according to Gallup data.”
At a time of almost unparalleled partisan disagreement, it comes as no surprise that “Trump polls much more weakly among Democrats than other GOP presidents at this point in their term.”
If you go to the CAPS (the Harvard Center for American Political Studies), the results are more positive than the Hill story suggests. For example
At 47%, Donald Trump’s approval is the highest it’s been in over a year, and has been trending up steadily since March of 2018. The President’s approval on specific issues has also seen a bump – approval numbers on stimulating jobs (58%), his handling of the economy (57%), fighting terrorism (57%), foreign affairs (47%), and administering the government (45%) are at the highest recorded by this poll. Only his handling of immigration (46%) failed to reach a new high.