Poll: Trump's approval, economic confidence rebound after shutdown

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has risen to 44% after the conclusion of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. While views of Trump have improved, the public’s heightened positivity does not extend to views of Congress, as its 21% approval rating is essentially unchanged from January…

Trump’s overall approval rating, which had slumped to 37% amid the shutdown, hasn’t been this high since October, after his nominee Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice. His current approval is just one percentage point shy of his personal best, achieved twice in his presidency — in the first week of his term and in June 2018, after his meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump’s job approval rating was up significantly throughout the survey field period, including in the days before and after his Feb. 5 State of the Union address. Accordingly, it is more likely that his decision to end the shutdown was the primary factor in his improved rating.