President Trump’s job approval rating grew by 7 points to 44 percent after the end of the longest government shutdown in history, a poll released Wednesday found.
A Gallup Poll, taken between Feb. 1 and Feb. 10, less than a week after Trump signed legislation reopening the government after a 35-day shutdown, found that independents’ view of the president rose six percentage points to 38 percent between late January and February.
Trump’s approval rating remained unchanged among Republicans – 89 percent – and Democrats – at 5 percent – during that time.
A poll released in late January during the government shutdown showed Trump’s approval rating at 37 percent with 59 percent disapproving.
It rebounded to a 44 percent approval rating and 52 percent disapproval rating in the recent survey.
The Gallup Poll also showed voters gave Trump higher marks than Congress – by 44 percent to 21 percent.
The partial government shutdown – which began at midnight Dec. 22 and continued until Trump signed the bill on Jan. 25 – happened because the White House and Congress couldn’t reach an agreement on Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall on the southern border.
The bill reopened government for three weeks while a bipartisan team of lawmakers continued trying to reach a deal on border security.
The new deadline is Friday.
The poll surveyed 1,016 adults between Feb. 1-10. It has a plus/minus 4 percentage point margin of error.