Donald Trump's Approval Rating Holds After Impeachment Inquiry Announced, but His Disapproval Rating Is Up: Poll

A new poll shows 55 percent of people now disapprove of President Donald Trump's performance—with just 45 percent of people approving of the job he's doing.

The Scott Rasmussen/Harris X poll released released on October 8 showed that of the 55 percent who disapprove of the president's performance, 41 percent fell into the "strongly disapprove" category. The poll, conducted from October 4-7, surveyed 3,000 registered voters.

The results of the poll come in the wake of the announcement of an impeachment inquiry by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, following whistleblower allegations that claim Trump asked a foreign leader to investigate a potential political rival.

Although Trump has denied the claims, a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which the pair discussed Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has become the focus of the inquiry.

In a summary of the call transcript released by the White House, Trump said to Zelenskiy: "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it... It sounds horrible to me."

Trump Job Approval:
Approve 45%
Disapprove 55%@Harris_X_/@ScottWRasmussen 10/4-7

— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 8, 2019

Following Pelosi's announcement, the president described the inquiry as a "witch hunt" and has hit out at the Democrats over the issue—even suggesting that Pelosi herself should be impeached and accusing her of treason.

Despite Trump's disapproval rating appearing to rise in the wake of the allegations, his approval rating has not dipped—indeed, the latest Scott Rasmussen/Harris X poll appears to show a slight rise following the dip in the few days following the announcement of the impeachment inquiry.

The president's average approval rating has largely hovered between 41-41 percent in 2019, according to tracking data from Real Clear Politics, while in 2017 Trump saw both his best and worst average approval ratings—ranging from 45.7 percent to 37 percent—although individual polls during this time would have indicated best- or worst-case scenarios in terms of approval ratings.

Interestingly, it is the president's disapproval rating that has appeared most affected by the impeachment inquiry announcement, with an average of 53.9 percent of people currently disapproving of the president, and 55 percent of people in the Scott Rasmussen/Harris X poll disapproving—demonstrating that the marked split between Trump's supporters and his detractors persists regardless of current political developments.