Trump hits highest approval rating since September in new poll

President Trump’s approval rating has hit its highest point since late September.

Politico/Morning Consult poll results published on Wednesday show that 45 percent of respondents give the leader approving marks, while 51 percent expressed disapproval.

The poll was conducted from December 1 to December 3, a period that saw the Senate’s passage of the Republican tax bill.

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Another topic addressed in the poll was the looming threat of a government shutdown. 

Sixty-three percent of respondents said that should be avoided no matter what and only 18 percent found it a worthwhile means of gaining ground on policy issues.

That said, when questioned on the relative importance of particular matters under debate, participants were less resolute in their responses. 

Forty-two percent cited the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program as an acceptable reason for a shutdown, and 34 percent expressed a similar view in regard to providing hurricane aide to Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. 

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The Politico/Morning Consult poll involved 1,997 registered U.S. voters. 

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