President Trump's approval rating edges up to 40% — CNN Poll

Perceptions of President Donald Trump’s performance also break sharply along partisan lines | Nicholas Kamm  AFP via Getty Images

Perceptions of President Donald Trump’s performance also break sharply along partisan lines | Nicholas Kamm AFP via Getty Images

More people in the world approved of China's leadership than U.S. leadership in 2017, according to a Gallup poll released on Thursday.

The reputation of US leadership shines brightest in Africa, where the rating stands at 51 percent. United States leadership approval ratings declined substantially, by 10 percentage points or more, in 65 out of 134 countries and areas, Gallup said.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll also released today almost mirrored CNN's results.

Indeed, those surveyed in Haiti gave United States leadership a 29 per cent approval rating (18 percentage points lower than the previous year) while just 13 per cent of Norwegians said they approved of USA leadership, down 42 points from 2016.

American satisfaction with the US economy has reached a 17-year high, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

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President Donald Trump ends his first year in office with 39 percent of Americans approving of his job performance, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll - the lowest mark in the poll's history for any modern president ending his first year.

The independent research company SSRS conducted the survey for CNN from January 14 to January 18. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.27 percentage points. America's image improved in just 17 countries, and by more than 10 percentage points in three - Belarus, Israel and Macedonia. According to the poll, conducted at the beginning of this week and released on the eve of the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration, Melania Trump was viewed "very or somewhat favourably" by 48 per cent of the survey's 1,500 respondents, and unfavourably by 33 per cent.At the same time in her husband's term, Michelle Obama was viewed favourably by 57 per cent of the same poll's respondents, and unfavourably by 30 per cent, the Beast said.

Partisanship played the major role in the CNN poll's results. Among independents, 40 percent said they approved of Trump's performance.

The poll also asked people to select from a list what made them feel positive about Trump. Twenty percent said the economy and low unemployment, 13 percent said "putting America first", 10 percent said the Republican tax law, and 10 percent said military gains against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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