Trump approval rating rises to 49%, his highest in office

Nearing the end of his impeachment trial and on the eve of his third State of the Union address, President Trump’s job approval rating has hit its highest level since taking office in the latest Gallup poll: 49 percent, compared to 50 percent of respondents who disapprove.

The survey, released Tuesday, showed a gain of 4 percentage points in Trump’s approval since early January. It also was 3 points over his previous high-water mark of 46 percent in late April 2019, around the time special counsel Robert Mueller's report was released.

When Trump took office in 2017, his approval rating was 45 percent. It has hit a low of 35 percent three times, all during his first year in office.

Trump’s latest approval bump appears to have been driven by higher ratings among Republicans (94 percent, up 6 percentage points from the previous poll) and independents (42 percent, up 5 points). It also probably reflects Americans’ confidence in the economy, which according to Gallup is higher than at any point in the past two decades.

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Additionally, Gallup’s pollsters noted that more Americans approved (53 percent) than disapproved (45 percent) of Trump’s controversial decision to launch the U.S. drone strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian military commander.

The poll was conducted Jan. 16-29, during the president’s Senate impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the charges Wednesday, and Trump’s acquittal is considered almost certain.

The survey found 52 percent of Americans would support the Senate’s acquittal, compared to 46 percent who want him convicted and removed from office.

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President Donald Trump points to the crowd after speaking during a campaign rally at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump applauds after speaking during a campaign rally at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Supports cheer President Donald Trump during a campaign rally Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Supports cheer before a campaign rally for President Donald Trump Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
President Donald Trump points to the crowd after speaking during a campaign rally at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump arrives at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena to speak at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he arrives for a campaign rally at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he arrives for a campaign rally at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, USA - JANUARY 14 : U.S. President Donald Trump makes a speech at Keep America Great Rally in Milwaukee, WI, United States on January 14, 2020. (Photo by Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, USA - JANUARY 14 : U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to delivering a speech at Keep America Great Rally in Milwaukee, WI, United States on January 14, 2020. (Photo by Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, USA - JANUARY 14 : U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to delivering a speech at Keep America Great Rally in Milwaukee, WI, United States on January 14, 2020. (Photo by Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 14: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gives the thumbs up as he speaks at a rally held by U.S President Donald Trump on January 14, 2020 at UWMilwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Trump, who is the third president to face impeached, now faces an impending trial in the Senate. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 14: Attendees cheer as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on January 14, 2020 at UWMilwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Trump, who is the third president to face impeached, now faces an impending trial in the Senate. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
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