President Trump’s approval rating has neared 50 percent heading into the 2020 election year, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released on Monday.
Forty-nine percent of Americans surveyed said they approve of the president’s job performance, up from 46 percent from the previous Dec. 8-9 poll. Fifty-one percent said they disapprove, a drop from 54 percent earlier this month.
Trump’s approval rating continues to be buoyed by his Republican base, where his support remains strong.
The latest survey shows that almost 9 in 10 GOP respondents — 87 percent — support Trump, compared to 22 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of independents.
The survey was conducted before the House voted last week to impeach Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress but after the public impeachment hearings.
Though Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has delayed sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, a trial in the upper chamber is expected to take place in January.
Trump has repeatedly slammed Democrats’ impeachment efforts, including their strategy to withhold the House-passed impeachment articles over concerns about a fair and impartial trial.