Rasmussen Reports, one of the most reliable U.S. pollsters, in a survey of 1,500 likely voters, puts President Trump at 50% approval and 49% disapproval on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.
While Trump is +1 on overall approval, he’s still behind among those who feel “strongly” one way or the other. “The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove,” Rasmussen notes. “This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -6.”
Compared to Rasmussen’s results for his predecessor, Trump is tracking pretty well. At the same time in his presidency (Sept. 16, 2011), Obama was at 46% approval and 53% disapproval, about 4 points worse than Trump.
Other polls, though, tell a similar story: Trump’s approval rating is ticking up. He’s at 47% according to The Hill, 44% with Reuters, 44% with The Economist, and 43% with Politico. The RealClearPolitics polling average gives Trump an overall score of 44.1%. On this day in 2011, President Obama’s approval rating according to the same metric was 44.0%.
Trump announced on Monday his approval rating, making sure that none of his 64 million supporters missed it:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
In a head-to-head 2020 election contest of Biden versus Trump, the IBD/TIPP Poll found a 54%-42% advantage for Biden. Sanders had a narrow 49%-45% edge over Trump, while Warren and Harris had slimmer leads of 49%-46%.
Obama would go on to easily win re-election against Republican Mitt Romney, while recent head-to-head polls indicate that Trump is going to have a steeper hill to climb.