The latest rating extends the upper limits of President Donald Trump’s narrow approval rating range by one percentage point, from his previous range of 35% to 45%. In addition to the initial interpretation of the Mueller report, which Trump claimed vindicated him from charges that he had colluded with Russia, the economy has offered several reasons for Americans to look more favorably on Trump. These include a strong jobs report on April 5, news that U.S. gross domestic product increased by 3.2% in the first quarter, and U.S. stocks reaching new highs.
More negative news for Trump about the Mueller investigation has appeared since Gallup’s latest field period ended, including revelations that Mueller had disputed Attorney General William Barr’s synopsis of the report, claiming that he had misled the public. This revelation has led to questions over Barr’s honesty in recent days as well as demands from some Democrats that Barr resign — but any public reaction to that would not be reflected in the latest approval rating.