Trump's approval rating mostly unchanged despite impeachment

Donald Trump's presidency is a roller coaster everywhere except in his approval rating.

There have been ups (the economy, the killing of an ISIS leader) and there have been downs (the Mueller investigation and impeachment inquiry, to start) in his presidency. Through it all, though, the president's job approval has remained steady across all polls, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal’s included.

Trump's approval rating has hovered within the same nine-point range (upper: 47 percent in the Oct. 14-17, 2018, poll; lower: 38 percent in Oct. 23-26, 2017) since his inauguration in January 2017.

In the most recent poll, 45 percent approved of Trump's job performance. That's 2 points higher than the previous poll, taken October 4-6, 2019.

Trump has a median approval rating of 43 percent. At the highlighted point in their tenure, Obama, Bush, and Clinton had respective median ratings of 48 percent, 50 percent, and 52 percent.

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Donald Trump holds rally in Florida, November 2019
President Donald Trump throws a hat as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Sunrise, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Trump will join the rest of his family and spend the Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-a-Lago estate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
People listen as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Sunrise, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
People listen as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Sunrise, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Vice President Mike Pence arrives to introduce President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Sunrise, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
FLORIDA, USA - NOVEMBER 26: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a Keep America Great Homecoming Rally in Sunrise, Florida, United States on November 26, 2019. (Photo by Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump points with his finger to supporters during a "Keep America Great" campaign rally at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on November 26, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump says goodbye to his supporters after his rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S. November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona
A man shows off his t-shirt that supports the American flag at the end U.S. President Donald Trump's rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S. November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona
U.S. President Donald Trump throws Keep America Great hats to the audience as he holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally where hundreds of supporters fill BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, U.S. November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally where hundreds of supporters boo the media at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, U.S. November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona
Attendees take photos as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
A look-alike to U.S. President Donald Trump chants "USA" where a campaign rally for the President begins to fill BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, U.S. November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona
Attendees applaud as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Supporters hold placards as U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) holds a campaign rally in BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, U.S. November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona
Attendees display their t-shirts as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Attendees display signs as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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