Are Democrats creating sympathy for Trump?

No doubt the Democrats’ constant attacks, amplified every day by the press, have an effect. But at a minimum, diminishing returns seem to have set in. Today’s Rasmussen survey, the only daily presidential approval poll now functioning and the only one, to my knowledge, that currently surveys likely voters, finds President Trump with 50% approval and 49% disapproval. His approval numbers this far in 2018 are essentially identical to President Obama’s ratings at the same point in his administration, notwithstanding Obama’s fawning press coverage.

Equally interesting is that Trump’s “Approval Index” is narrowing. Rasmussen’s Approval Index, which we wrote about a number of times during the Obama administration, is the difference between the number who strongly approve of the president’s performance, and the number that strongly disapprove. Obama’s Approval Index was often very low, -20 or worse.