President Donald Trump on Friday took a break from taking shots at the federal probe into whether he attempted to obstruct justice to tout a new poll showing his approval rating among Americans is 50 percent.
"Great news!" the commander in chief trumpeted in a tweet accompanied by a photo of him standing in front of an American flag.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows 50 percent of likely U.S. voters approve of Trump's job performance. Another 50 percent disapprove.
According to Rasmussen, it's the first time the president's overall approval rating has hit the 50 percent mark since late April. His approval rating has ranged from a high of 59 percent in late January shortly after he took office to a low of 42 percent in early April.
The latest figures also include 31 percent who "strongly approve" of the way Trump is performing and 42 percent who "strongly disapprove."
The poll also found most Americans think politics is to blame for this week's shooting attack on Republican members of Congress in Alexandra, Va., and are not writing it off as just random violence.
By comparison, Rasmussen says, just 28 percent said the shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the killing of six others in Arizona in January 2011 was the result of political anger.
In the past week, Trump has concentrated on blasting the ongoing federal investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether his campaign was involved, a probe that has reportedly expanded to examine whether he attempted to obstruct justice.
Among Trump's tweets this week are:
Rasmussen's daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis.
The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
Rasmussen Reports, based in Asbury Park, N.J., describes itself as "a nonpartisan electronic media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion polling information."
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