President Donald Trump's approval rating has increased dramatically since he was elected in 2016, according to analysis from The New York Times.
Gallup and YouGov polls taken throughout Trump's term show his favorability rating rose above 40% for the first time after he entered office, and he maintained a rating in the 40's for most of his term.
"Millions of Americans who did not like the president in 2016 now say they do," the Times' Nate Cohn writes. "Over all, his personal favorability rating has increased by about 10 percentage points among registered voters since Election Day 2016, to 44% from 34%, according to Upshot estimates."
The Times also notes more than a quarter of Republican-leaning voters who had a negative view of Trump in 2016 viewed him favorably by 2018.
"It's true that the president's job approval rating has been unusually stable when compared with other presidents," Cohn concludes. "But the possibility that he has lifted his ratings, however fleetingly, to match the highest levels of his presidency is a reminder that the ceiling on his support is higher than some may think.
"There are any number of forces that might knock him back, like a weakening economy, or hold him back, including his conduct on social media. But there's no reason he's limited to the support or turnout he had in 2016."
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