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Trump midterm approval surpasses Obama’s: Poll

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – US President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have surpassed those of his predecessor Barack Obama ahead of the congressional midterm elections, a new poll shows.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday that 47 percent of US voters approved of the job the Republican president was doing.

That’s the highest figure recorded by the survey so far and beats Obama’s 45 percent around the same time in 2010, according to a similar poll back then.

That’s significant because Obama’s approval rating was falling to record lows in October 2010, just before his party suffered a major upset in the midterms and lost a significant number of seats in the House of Representatives and Senate to the GOP.

While Trump has been among the most US presidents among the general US population, he continues to score extremely high with Republican voters as Recent polls show he is enjoying around a 90-percent approval rating among his supporters.

These figures might prove crucial in the November 6 vote as many voters see the midterm elections as a referendum on Trump and his policies, specially since Democrats have pledged to impeach Trump if they get the required majorities in both chambers.

While in recent midterms the majority has usually been flipped in favor of the opposition party, this year’s race has been surprisingly unpredictable as a direct result of Trump’s influence.

Democrats are headed to the election thinking that the president’s extreme policies on immigration, tax and healthcare would help them make a case against the Republican Party.

On the other hand, the majority of Republicans think the president is hitting the right chords and they can win with his support. Some Republicans, however, think those policies are divisive and they should distance themselves from the president if they want to win.

The new NBC/WSJ poll found that voters were significantly more energized to vote compared to past years, with 72 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Republicans expressing willingness to partake.

Overall, the poll put Democrats ahead with a 9-point lead in the battle for congressional control. Alf of the participants said they wanted Democrats to win over Congress while 41 percent said they wanted Republicans to retain control.

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