Trump's poll numbers are surging as he faces some of the biggest controversies of his presidency

  • President Donald Trump has faced intense, sustained media and political backlash to his immigration policies.
  • But amid the controversies, Trump’s approval is near a high at 45%.
  • That’s about what President Barack Obama was polling at this stage in his presidency.
  • Many in the US don’t trust the media, potentially explaining why the outrage on news programs hasn’t shown up in polling.

President Donald Trump has faced intense, sustained backlash to his immigration policies even after a partial reversal of course.

But even as some officials in the Trump administration are shouted out of restaurants and called fascists to their face, Trump’s polling numbers have been steady – even rising – over the past several weeks.

Both a Gallup poll and the RealClearPolitics average of polls put Trump around a 45% approval rating, with that number rising steadily throughout June. That’s just 1 point lower than President Barack Obama polled at this point in his presidency.

Over the same period, Trump’s border practices drove at least one mainstream news anchor to tears and sparked round-the-clock coverage of family separations. Other than Trump’s policy of separating migrant families at the border, which he reversed amid the scrutiny, analysts say his overall immigration policy looks a lot like Obama’s.

FiveThirtyEight’s polling aggregator tracks a steady rise for Trump during June, putting him at 42.5% approval on the 521st day of his presidency.

Trump may benefit from the fact that the US public has a very low opinion of the media. A Gallup poll on June 20 found that 62% of 1,440 Americans surveyed found traditional news media biased, 44% found it inaccurate, and 39% found it to include deliberate misinformation.

Trump’s June also featured his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and some very positive jobs numbers, possibly accounting for his bump in approval. It’s also possible that any public backlash from the immigration controversy could be delayed in seeping into polling numbers.

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