President Donald Trump may still be facing several controversies, but his approval rating has reached a new high.

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released this week, 47 percent of registered voters say they approve of Trump, while 50 percent disapprove. In April, 42 percent of registered voters approved of the president.

Among voting-age Americans, Trump has 44 percent support, 5 percent higher than his approval in April. In total, 53 percent of voting-eligible people said they disapprove of the president.

The latest survey of Trump’s favorability comes just weeks after he officially launched his 2020 re-election bid at a campaign rally in Florida. The economy has also displayed signs of significant growth in recent months, with the most recent reports showing 224,000 jobs were added in June, the highest monthly increase since January. This figure was also well above the market expectation that predicted around 165,000 new jobs would be created in June. The unemployment rate edged slightly higher at 3.7% and the labor force participation rate rose.


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Overall, 51 percent of voters said they approve of Trump’s handling of the American economy, according to the new poll. He has lower favorability in his performance on foreign policy and immigration (40 percent) and taxes (42 percent).

The ABC News-Washington Post survey also found former Vice President Joe Biden is the 2020 Democratic candidate who holds the biggest lead over Trump, a 10-point advantage (53-43 percent). The poll also revealed 49 percent of voters said they would back Trump over a generic Democratic candidate they viewed as “socialist.” Only 43% said they would support said Democratic contender.

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