It looks like Donald Trump recently got some positive news. A new Rasmussen poll shows that the president’s approval rating has climbed to 49%.
In the midst of a growing economy and a rousing State of the Union address, it appears that Trump might be growing on segments of the American public. There is no doubt that 2017, while fraught with challenges, was a successful first year for the Trump administration.
Despite the ongoing Russiagate saga and the left’s attempts to paint him as a hateful, uninformed, bigot, Trump is finally getting his message to resonate with more Americans. If he wants to see this trend continue, the president must continue to implement the policies for which we elected him, and just as importantly, he must stop taking actions that hurt his image.
Climbing Even Higher
The president is clearly happy about the results of the latest Rasmussen poll. On Saturday, he tweeted:
“Rasmussen just announced that my approval rating jumped to 49%, a far better number than I had in winning the Election, and higher than certain “sacred cows.” Other Trump polls are way up also. So why does the media refuse to write this? Oh well, someday!”
Rasmussen isn’t the only entity reporting a rise in the president’s approval rating. A recent Monmouth Poll demonstrates an increase from 32% in December to 42%. FiveThirtyEight’s polling system also shows a rise in Trump’s popularity. As of Saturday, his approval rating was at 40%, which was a two-point increase from early January. SurveyMonkey also reports an increase. Their most recent report puts Trump at a 44% approval rating. At this point in former President Barack Obama’s presidency, his approval rating was at 50% in a Rasmussen poll, only one point higher than Trump’s
Staying on Message
So why are the president’s approval ratings climbing? Simply put, the reasons are related to the policies he has implemented, and the recent discipline he has shown in communicating his message.
Last Tuesday, the president gave his first State of the Union speech, which was a tremendous success. He articulated his vision for the United States and addressed some of the most critical issues that are on the minds of the American public: illegal immigration, the economy, and national security. The speech also included powerful stories detailing the heroism of everyday Americans, the heartbreaking circumstances of a family who lost their children to illegal immigrant gang members, and the harrowing escape of a North Korean defector.
The president’s speech was well received. According to a CBS News poll, 75% of Americans who watched the president’s State of the Union approved of his address. Eight in ten Americans believed that Trump was trying to unite the nation, and two-thirds stated that the speech made them feel proud.
The State of the Union address helped the president for one reason: he stayed on message. Just as he did at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he communicated his ideas in a way that was appealing to the audience. There was no improvisation and no incendiary statements against his critics. However, inspiring speeches aren’t enough to increase a president’s popularity – the chief executive also has to deliver results.
Popularity and Performance
Against the expectations of many, Trump performed well in 2017. After he began implementing his immigration policies, the rate of illegal immigrants entering the country dropped considerably. If he plays his cards right, he will be able to win on immigration reform.
On the national security front, our military has decimated the Islamic State (ISIS). The terrorist organization has forfeited almost all of its territory in Iraq in Syria – and they are still losing. There is still much work to be done, but so far, Trump has handled the situation quite well. The American public has noticed.
Trump’s economic victories have undoubtedly contributed to the rise in his popularity. The stock market saw record-breaking numbers in 2017 and unemployment plummeted. The establishment media has attempted to credit Trump’s economic successes to President Obama, but the majority of Americans are not buying what they’re selling. According to an NBC News poll, about 61% of people who watched the State of the Union address give at least some credit to Trump for the United States’ improving economy.
The tax reform law that Congress passed last year has also become more popular. In December, Monmouth found that only 26% approved of the bill. Now, 44% of Americans support it. This increase is likely because many large companies are using their tax savings to issue bonuses, pay raises, and stock options to their employees.
While the Trump administration has made significant accomplishments, their performance has not been perfect. However, even with the missteps, he has made progress.
During his first year in office, the left pulled out all the stops in their attacks. They have perpetuated the Russiagate narrative ad nauseum since he was elected. The establishment media jumped on every tweet and utterance and used them to smear the president. Michael Wolff’s gossip-mongering book attempted to convince the public that Trump’s administration was chaotic and incompetent. These attacks haven’t threatened his approval ratings. So what has?
Shots in the Foot?
Have you noticed anything that has been missing from the administration lately? If you’re not sure, here’s a hint: it starts with a “T” and rhymes with “flitter.” That’s right: the president hasn’t been posting his usual controversial tweets lately.
Aside from a short mini-feud with rapper Jay Z, the president has not used Twitter to engage in feuds. Moreover, he has not made any egregious statements since the alleged “sh*thole” comment a few weeks ago. The left hasn’t had much in the way of ammunition.
Yes, I know, some people love his tweets. They can be funny – but often, they can be counterproductive. Last year, Trump took two major international tours: one to the Middle East and the other to Asia. During both, his approval ratings rose drastically. Why? Because when he’s meeting with other world leaders, he doesn’t tweet as frequently.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying Trump shouldn’t tweet. Social media is one of the most effective communication methods at his disposal. Also, it’s his best weapon to counter press bias. However, becoming involved in social media feuds does not help the president. Going off message during speeches doesn’t do much for him either.
Hopefully, the president’s approval ratings will continue to climb. He has already shown that he can overcome the establishment media’s attacks if he stays on message and enacts conservative policies. If he continues in this way, the GOP will be in decent shape for the midterm elections this year, and he will have a much better chance of sweeping all before him in 2020.