U.S. President Donald Trump saw a boost in his approval rating this week following his decision to provide money for hurricane relief and work with Democrats to prevent a government shutdown.
Forty-three percent of those polled by NBC and the Journal said they either strongly or somewhat approve of the president's job performance, a 3 percentage point increase from the poll's previous iteration, conducted in mid-August. 83 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of independents and 10 percent of Democrats approve of Trump's performance. A mid-September poll from Marist College showed Trump's approval rating at 39% overall, up from 35% last month. Five percent said they had no opinion.
Forty percent of independents approve of the way Trump has handled the presidency, while 52 percent do not.
In their nightly newscasts over the summer, the MRC found, the big three networks covered the Russian Federation investigation with 415 minutes (94 percent negative); the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare with 176 minutes (97 percent negative); the North Korean nuclear saber-rattling with 136 minutes (86 percent negative); and Trump's reaction to the violence in Charlottesville with 97 minutes (97 percent negative).
"Trump's post-Charlottesville plunge proved to be short-lived, and his approval has stabilized", said Morning Consult Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp.
More than seven-in-ten Americans approved of Trump's deal with the Democrats, his highest polling issue by far. Sixty-six percent said Trump has accomplished either "only some" or "very little" in office. The poll's margin of error was plus-or-minus 3.3 percent.