President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has recorded the best number in three years, according to a new poll by Gallup.

The poll, released on Tuesday, Feb. 4, found that 49% of Americans approve of President Trump, his highest rating in Gallup polling since he took office in 2017.

President Trump’s job approval a personal best 49%. (Gallup)

Gallup said President Trump’s job approval has risen because of higher ratings among both Republicans and independents. His approval among Republicans hit 94%, which is up six percentage points from early January and is three points higher than his previous best among his fellow partisans.

The 42% approval rating among independents is up five points, and ties three other polls as his best among that group. Democratic approval is 7%, down slightly from 10%.

The 87-point gap between Republican and Democratic approval in the current poll is the largest Gallup has measured in any Gallup poll to date, surpassing the prior record, held by President Trump and former President Barack Obama, by one point.

Gallup conducted the poll from Jan. 16 to Jan. 29 amid the Senate impeachment trial that will likely result in President Trump’s acquittal.

The poll finds 52% of Americans in favor of acquitting the president and 46% in favor of convicting and removing him from office.

In addition, President Trump’s higher approval rating may also result from some other issues. Up to 63% of Americans now approve of the way the president is handling the economy, up six points from the prior reading in November. It is the highest economic approval rating not only for President Trump, but for any president since George W. Bush enjoyed stratospheric ratings in the first few months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

President Trump’s ratings for handling foreign affairs (47%) and foreign trade (50%) are also his best to date.

A strong state of the nation and impeachment may have brightened President Trump’s election prospects, Gallup said, indicating that 50% of registered voters say the president deserves to be re-elected, up 41% when the same question was last asked just before the 2018 midterm elections.

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