President Trump’s Approval Ratings See a Rise After State of the Union

February 7, 2019 Updated: February 7, 2019

President Donald Trump’s approval ratings rose after his State of the Union address on Feb. 5 that touched on a number of issues, including his rejection of socialism in the United States as well as calling for an end of late-term abortions.

Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll shows that 49 percent of likely American voters approve and 50 percent disapprove of Trump’s job performance.

“These findings include the first full night of surveying following the president’s State of the Union speech to Congress,” noted Rasmussen.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with David Malpass, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs
President Donald Trump with Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass during a Roosevelt Room event at the White House on Feb. 6, 2019. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

About a week ago, President Trump’s Rasmussen approval rating was at 43 percent and has been steadily increasing.

In contrast, former President Barack Obama had a 47 percent approval rating on Jan. 27, 2011, the first poll after his second State of the Union. Meanwhile, Obama had a 51 percent disapproval rating, according to Rasmussen’s historical records.

On Feb. 6, 2011, Obama had a 48 percent approval rating and a 51 percent disapproval rating, Rasmussen’s numbers showed.

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President Donald Trump departs the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives after delivering the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington on Feb. 5, 2019. (Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

In terms of TV ratings, Trump’s second State of the Union was watched by more than 46.79 million, an increase of about 1 million over last year’s address from Trump.

The Hollywood Reporter said Fox News led all networks in covering Trump’s address with 11.1 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 5.

NBC topped broadcast networks with 7.14 million viewers for the State of the Union. After that was CBS and ABC, the report said.

When former President Barack Obama gave his second State of the Union 2011, some 30.9 million people viewed it.

First Lady Melania Trump (R) greets Grace Eline and Joshua Trump, special guests of the president, before President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address at the Capitol on Feb. 5, 2019. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

“It’s a rare feat for any president this deep into his term, the rise also shows that Trump will eclipse not only his own first SOTU and his 2017 address to Congress but also the second SOTU of his predecessor Barack Obama,” wrote Deadline Hollywood, which also reported on the ratings of the 2019 State of the Union.

“Over 11 outlets, the 44th POTUS pulled in 30.9 million for his January 25, 2011 speech—a number Trump looks likely to beat with ease when the final numbers come in later today,” the report said.

Trump notably blasted the trend of socialism in the United States, saying, “America will never be a socialist country.”

President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol Building on Feb. 5, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” Trump said, facing a number of Democratic members of Congress, some of whom have adopted socialist policies.

“America was founded on liberty and independence–not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free,” he said, drawing a standing ovation from the Republicans. “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

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