Trump’s Approval Rating Just Passed Obama’s at This Point in Presidency, According to Rasmussen Poll

President Donald Trump’s approval rating is now higher than former President Barack Obama’s at this point in his presidency, according to the results of a daily poll released Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, 50 percent of likely voters in the United States approved of Trump’s job performance, according to the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. On this date during year two of Obama’s first term, 43 percent of likely voters approved of how the president was performing, the same poll found.

The Rasmussen poll, which surveys 500 likely voters by telephone, tends to give Trump higher approval ratings than other polls and has long been more favorable to Republicans. Earlier this week, a CNN poll conducted by the survey and market research firm SSRS found that approval for the president was at just 35 percent, matching “his lowest level yet.”

02_27_Trump_approval_higher_Obama President Donald Trump speaks during an announcement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 27. That day, Rasmussen Reports said the president’s job approval rating was higher than former President Barack Obama’s at that point in his presidency. Alex Wong/Getty

But across polls, Trump has performed better in recent weeks. In early February, after Rasmussen put the approval figure at 49 percent, the president tweeted the news, adding, “Other Trump polls are way up also. So why does the media refuse to write this? Oh well, someday!”

When Rasmussen previously gave Trump a 50 percent approval rating, last June, the president tweeted the figure and added, referring to Obama, “That’s higher than O’s #s!”

In Tuesday’s Rasmussen poll, 48 percent of people disapproved of Trump’s job performance. Thirty-five percent strongly approved, and 39 percent strongly disapproved.