The left has received some bad news. Despite the best efforts of the left-leaning establishment media, President Trump’s approval rating continues to rise. Indeed, as of August 2nd, his approval rating was higher than that of President Obama’s during this time in his presidency.
But there’s more.
The president’s increasing popularity has been bolstered by – gasp – minorities! Cue the dramatic music. That’s right, the number of blacks and Hispanics that support the president has also increased. This could be a positive sign for the GOP in the upcoming midterm elections.
President Trump’s Approval Rating Is Climbing
A recent Rasmussen poll revealed that President Trump’s approval rating has risen to 50%. At the equivalent time in his presidency, Obama’s approval rating was 45%, which puts Trump five points ahead. While the president’s rating has remained low overall, it has been gradually climbing.
This increase is notable, considering the fact that much of the media has waged an all-out war against the Trump administration ever since he won the election in 2016. The Media Research Center conducted two studies analyzing the media’s coverage of the Trump administration. Both of them showed that 90% of the reportage on the president was negative.
Unfortunately for the left, the media’s efforts have failed to cause any lasting damage to the president.
Minority Support for Trump Is on the Rise
If you believed the media’s narrative about President Trump, you might believe the increase in his approval rating is due to whites who suddenly decided to become sheet-wearing racists. However, two recent polls show something very different.
According to a Harvard Harris poll, Hispanic support for the president jumped by 10 points last month. This might be surprising considering the left has pulled out all the stops in trying to paint Trump as someone who hates Mexicans with a passion.
The president has also won more favor with the black community. The Rasmussen study showed that his approval rating among black Americans is at 29% whereas at the same time last year, only 15% of black Americans expressed approval for his leadership.
Recently, a number of black leaders heaped praise on Trump for pursuing significant prison reform and reducing the black unemployment rate.
“This is probably the most pro-active administration regarding urban America and the faith-based community in my lifetime,” said Pastor Darrell Scott, “This president actually wants to prove something to our community, our faith-based community and our ethnic community.” Scott went on to predict that Trump would likely be “the most pro-black president I’ve seen in my lifetime.”
The notion that minorities are leaving the Democratic Party in droves might be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Members of the Democrats’ valued victimhood classes are gradually beginning to see that the left does not have much to offer, and they are beginning to leave.
What Does This Mean For The Midterms?
While the Democrats still maintain a lead among likely minority voters in the midterm elections, the president’s rising approval ratings indicate that the GOP might do better than expected. Author Jay Cost penned a piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in which he argues that even if the Democrats manage to take control of the House, they may not win enough seats to further their agenda. He writes:
“Given all this, I would wager that the Democrats have about a 2-to-1 chance to take control of the House. These numbers suggest the potential for big gains, but Republicans are still in the picture. And it is very possible that the Democrats win a numerical majority but that the House is basically split 50-50 and cannot do much of anything.”
We don’t yet know how the GOP will fare in the midterm elections, but the fact that the president’s approval rating is steadily climbing, it is clear that these races may be closer than they appear. Of course, this does not mean that conservatives should become complacent. If the Democrats manage to take both houses of Congress, it will be impossible for President Trump to further the conservative agenda. If Republicans fail to come out in full force come November, that dreaded blue wave could become a reality.