Poll: Majority approve of Trump's outreach to Congressional Democrats

President Trump has faced harsh approval ratings since taking office earlier this year, but a surge in one poll this week came after a big move -- reaching out to Democrats on Harvey relief and the debt ceiling. 

The move may have upset congressional Republicans, but voters are overwhelmingly pleased, according to a Rasmussen survey published on Wednesday. 

The poll finds two-thirds, 66 percent, of Americans surveyed think it is good for the country for Trump to work with congressional Democrats, while just 13 percent said the bipartisan collaboration is bad for the country. Twenty-one percent were undecided. 

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost in the 9/11 attacks at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost in the 9/11 attacks at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the Oval Office after observing a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost in the 9/11 attacks at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost in the 9/11 attacks at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, flanked by White House staff, place their hands over their hearts on the South Lawn of the White House during the playing of 'Taps' at a ceremony marking the September 11 attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today marks the 16th anniversary of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people and wounded another 6,000. Also pictured are Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump (2nd L) and Jared Kushner (L). (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn speak before observing a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost in the 9/11 attacks at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House marking the September 11 attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today marks the 16th anniversary of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people and wounded another 6,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House marking the September 11 attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today marks the 16th anniversary of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people and wounded another 6,000. Also pictured is Gary Cohn (L), Director of the National Economic Council. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the 9/11 observance at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump greets military personnel while attending the 9/11 observance at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump speak to family members during ceremonies marking the 16th anniversary of the 9-11 attack at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the 9/11 observance at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Sharon and Kenneth Ambrose, parents of Dr. Paul Ambrose who died aboard American Airlines Flight 77, listen to remarks from U.S. President Donald Trump during the 9/11 observance at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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The president defied Republican leaders and his senior aides when he sided last Wednesday with Democrats on raising the debt limit, funding the government for the next three months. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump's Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pushed for a more long-term debt ceiling extension, however, ultimately supported the president after he announced his decision.

Trump agreed to the deal proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, telling the press, "We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer." 

Whether the president continues to reach across the aisle on legislation remains to be seen, but it's something voters are hoping for. 

The same Rasmussen poll found that 65 percent of voters now feel Trump should reach out more to Democrats, and 19 percent think he should rely on congressional Republicans. Sixteen percent are unsure. 

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