After months of declining poll numbers, the presidentís approval ratings have stabilized ó and even ticked up slightly ó over the past month.
Following a low of 39 percent in the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll last month after his controversial reaction to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump is back at 43 percent in this weekís survey. Other surveys show similar results: Trump bottomed out at 35 percent in Gallupís weekly tracking poll in late August, but ticked up to 38 percent last week. Trump is at 40 percent in the RealClearPolitics average, up about 2.5 points from his low-water mark last month.Trumpís popularity still remains historically low for a first-year president
. But since his August polling nadir, Trump has earned positive reviews for his responses to two major hurricanes, Harvey and Irma. And while polls showed his decision to wind down the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ó which shielded some undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation ó was unpopular, Trumpís subsequent nod to bipartisanship by negotiating with Democratic leaders in Congress may have helped stanch the bleeding.
Itís impossible to attribute Trumpís small uptick in the polls to any or all of these events. His recovery is modest at best: His 40 percent approval rating still lags every other elected president in the era of modern polling at this point in their first terms.
But the data suggest that Trump, now at the eight-month mark of his presidency, has at least arrested the gradual decline that plagued him for the first seven of those months.