Polls: Support for Trump grows after address to Congress


President Donald Trump has seen a small, but noticeable bump in his approval ratings coming out of last week's address to a joint session of Congress, according to the latest polls.

A Gallup survey finds that 43 percent of voters approve of Trump's performance as president, up from 39 percent on Feb. 16. Meanwhile, 50 percent disapprove of his performance as president, down from the 56 percent who disapproved on Feb. 16.

A similar survey from Rasmussen, which has consistently shown stronger approval for Trump, reflected a similar positive shift. His approval is up three points since he gave the address to Congress.

The positive direction comes amid a slew of polls suggesting a significant majority of those who watched President Trump's address responded positively to it.

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An AOL poll found that 78 percent of those who watched and had an opinion of Trump's address felt positively about it. Similar polls conducted by other outlets saw similarly positive responses, and a majority of pundits -- including some of Trump's most strident critics -- gave the speech positive reviews.

Van Jones, a liberal CNN commentator and ardent Obama supporter, even said that Trump "became president" during one of the more poignant moments of the address.

"He became president of the United States in that moment, period," Jones said during post-speech CNN coverage. "That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics. Period."

Trump made headlines over the weekend when he suggested President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election.

He is expected to sign a new executive order banning travel from certain countries sometime this week, perhaps as early as Monday.

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