The survey, conducted by Monmouth University, finds that 42 percent approve of the job Trump is doing, against 50 percent who say they disapprove. The same poll from December found Trump’s job approval at 32 percent, against 56 percent who said they disapproved.
The 32 percent approval rating Trump logged in the December survey was the lowest for any major poll since Trump was elected. According to the RealClearPolitics average, Trump is at 40.4 percent approval and 56.3 percent disapproval.
The jump in the Monmouth survey appears to be driven by voter attitudes toward the GOP’s tax reform overhaul.
Republicans are increasingly confident that the tax bill will help them buffer the stiff political headwinds they face in the 2018 midterm elections. The tax cuts should begin working their way into individual paychecks in February and Republicans believe that voters will warm to the law if they find that they benefit personally from it.
Most voters still believe their taxes will go up under the new plan — 36 percent say they believe their taxes will rise, 32 percent said they expect their taxes will stay the same and only 24 percent believe their taxes will go down.