President Donald Trump’s approval rating has hit a new high and the Republican Party’s image is the best it’s been since 2005, according to new Gallup polling released Tuesday morning.
The poll, which was conducted in January during President Trump’s ongoing impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, puts the president’s job approval at 49%, the highest approval rating Trump has seen from Gallup since he took office in January 2017.
A post from Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones attributed the higher numbers to higher levels of approval among Republicans and independents and points to his 94% approval rating among Republicans, which is up 7 percentage points from early January. His approval rating among independents is up 5 points to 42%, the poll found.
While reaction to the impeachment efforts against the president may be a factor in driving the numbers, Gallup also said that economic confidence, Trump’s recent victory on the United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal, and his recent actions squaring off against Iran may have played a factor.
The polling also had some positive news for the Republican Party as a whole. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said they had a positive image of the GOP, which is the first time that the party has risen above the 50% mark since the George W. Bush administration in 2005. That statistic stands in contrast to the Democratic Party’s 45% approval rating, which is down 3 points from September.
The poll of a random 1,033 respondents Jan. 16-29 in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.
Meanwhile, the Rasmussen poll had Trump at 51% approval rating on Jan. 20, noting that President Obama had a rating of only 45% at the same point in his presidency.