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Here’s Why Trump’s Poll Numbers Are So High Despite Immigration Policy Outrage

Here’s Why Trump’s Poll Numbers Are So High Despite Immigration Policy Outrage

“Political paradox.”

Nate Silver, ​founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight, responded on Monday to a tweet about the seeming discrepancy between public outcry over Trump administration immigration ​policy that has resulted in separating immigrant children from their parents and President Donald Trump’s near all-time high approval ratings.

​According to RealClearPolitics’ polling data aggregator, Trump’s ​approval rating is currently around 43 percent. A recent ​Gallup poll shows his approval rating is at 87 percent within the Republican party. However, Silver argues that “it will take a week or two” to see if the Trump administration’s policy will impact his approval ratings.

​​Silver emphasized that, while Trump’s approval rating has hit a record high, the media coverage “is just ramping up.” Even a major opinion shift — as seen in labeling the immigration policy as ​child abuse, drawing ​comparisons to Nazi Germany — will take several days, if not weeks, to show up in polls.

Silver famously correctly predicted the outcomes in 49 out of 50 states in the 2008 election.

Trump is riding a high: Silver acknowledged that the Singapore summit story was “a good one” for Trump.

According to a CNN ​poll conducted by SSRS, 52 percent of Americans were satisfied with how the summit went. Eighty-five percent of Republicans were happy after the summit, with 52 percent of independents, and 28 percent of Democrats saying the same.

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