For the first time, President Donald Trump has surpassed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the latest Rasmussen Reports’ White House Watch survey as the incumbent president’s job approval is staying at the highest percentage this year.
According to the weekly survey released on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 47 percent of respondents said this week that they would vote for Trump, while 46 percent said they preferred Biden.
The survey also found that 3 percent preferred some other candidate, while 4 percent remained undecided.
Rasmussen Reports said this is the first time President Trump has garnered more respondents’ votes than his Democratic rival. Biden has bested Trump in every weekly survey since White House Watch began at the beginning of July.
Before the president takes a one-point lead this week, the race has narrowed over the past two weeks. Biden had a two-point lead last week, but that survey also marked the first time Trump had edged above 45 percent over the past two-and-a-half months.
The new survey, conducted from Sept. 9-10 and Sept. 13-15 with 2,500 Likely Voters, found Trump with 80 percent support among Republicans and a nine-point lead among voters not affiliated with either major party. Biden has 80 percent of the Democrat vote.
The president shows surprising strength among other minority voters, suggesting that he is perhaps attracting Hispanic support as violent racial protests continue in many major cities.
President Trump sees good job performance this week, with his approval ratings ranging between 51 percent and 52 percent, matching the highest levels recorded this year.
A separate Rasmussen survey on Wednesday showed that U.S. voters are giving President Trump the highest marks of his presidency regarding his handling of the economy and national security.
Accordingly, 52 percent of Americans rate Trump’s handling of the economy as good or excellent, despite the pounding this year from the coronavirus lockdown. That’s up from 39 percent in mid-2017 just after he took office and edges his previous high of 51 percent in October 2018.
Also, 49 percent think the president is doing a good or excellent job handling national security issues, up from 39 percent three years ago and the previous high of 47 percent in June 2019.
The Trump administration has recently helped broker a historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The U.S. voters tend to see it as a surprise agreement and are more comfortable than they have been in years with the level of American involvement in the Middle East.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, Rasmussen Reports did not oversample Democrats as many other pollsters do. Of its likely voter count, 37 percent were Democrats, 33 percent were Republicans, and 30 percent were independent.
Rasmussen is the pollster that called Hillary Clinton’s margin of popular vote win in 2016 accurately.