Rasmussen Reports, a pollster the president frequently cites, said 52 percent of likely U.S. voters approve of his job performance while 47 percent disapprove.
It added, “The latest figures include 38 percent who strongly approve of the job Trump is doing and 40 percent who strongly disapprove.”
On Wednesday, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the House would go forward on drafting articles of impeachment, Trump tweeted the Rasmussen poll results.
Former President Barack Obama, during the same time in his presidency, had a 46 percent approval rating, Rasmussen noted.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
As House Democrats have carried out an impeachment probe into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, the president has frequently said he has high approval rating among Republicans.
“In the history of the Republican Party, there has not been this support,” Trump told reporters in London during a NATO press conference. “And as far as I’m concerned, I hear the Senate is angry about—the Republican senators are very angry about what’s going on because they hurt our country. They’re hurting our country—the other side—very badly,” he added.
Pelosi suggested that Democrats would move quickly on drafting articles of impeachment, and the House Judiciary Committee announced it will hold a hearing next week.
The hearing was set for Monday, Dec. 9, and is titled, “The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Presentations from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and House Judiciary Committee,” according to the committee. Other details about the hearing were not provided by the committee chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).
“Our democracy is what is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit. The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said earlier on Thursday.
The speaker asserted Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky—where the president suggested his counterpart should look into allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden—was an abuse of power that undermined national security. Trump and Zelensky have denied the allegations.
At Wednesday’s hearing, three Democratic-selected law professors asserted that Trump committed an impeachable offense while the lone Republican-selected expert said Democrats are moving too quickly and have no evidence.