Trump Is More Popular After Putin Comments and Family Separation Backlash, Poll Shows

President Donald Trump "defies political gravity," an MSNBC panel guest observed after a new poll showed POTUS's approval rating has gone up a point despite a challenging month.

The new NBC/ Wall Street Journal survey published Sunday put the president's approval rating among registered voters at 45 percent, a point increase from his June rating in the same survey.

This comes following a turbulent few weeks for Trump; initially thanks to a backlash over the now defunct family separation policy at the U.S. southern border, and more recently following his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump faced intense criticism from Democrats and even some Republicans after appearing to suggest that he believed Putin's denial that Russian election meddling took place over the information provided by his own intelligence agencies.

"They say it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia," Trump told reporters last Monday, immediately prompting a wave of outrage that later forced him to dial back his comments.

"I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be…. I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today," he added.

Later, the president explained that he had misspoken following a backlash over his controversial comments.

"I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't' and the sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double-negative," The Hill reported Trump saying.

And despite the backlash, the incident doesn't appear to have affected the president's popularity, with Kevin McLaughlin from Cogent Strategies Principle stating on an MSNBC panel on Sunday night that Russia doesn't appear to be a key issue for Trump supporters.

"When you look at tracking, Russia doesn't register on the radar for what people care about. It is literally not even close to the top 15 issues," he said, later adding that Trump "defies political gravity."

And Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who conducted the survey alongside Peter Hart and Republican pollster Bill McInturff, observed that Trump's base mobilizes when he is under fire.

"The more Trump gets criticized by the media, the more his base seems to rally behind him," Yang told the NBC News of the survey—half of which took place prior to Trump's press conference with Putin and half afterwards.

However, although the president's overall approval rating did not appear to suffer from his performance at the press conference, just 26 percent of people questioned said they approved of Trump's handling of the U.S.'s relationship with Russia, with a far greater 51 percent disapproving.

The poll was conducted from July 15-18, questioning 900 registered voters. There is a margin of error of plus/minus 3.3 points.