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Poll Numbers Increase After Trump’s Response to Hurricanes

A new poll shows that Americans are responding to President Donald Trump’s crisis leadership after two massive hurricanes hit the nation.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll, released one day after Trump offered the United Nations a ringing defense of American principles and policies, reveals that Trump’s approval rating is now at 43 percent, coming off a blip in his numbers after the August violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Last month, the poll put Trump’s approval rating at 39 percent.

The poll shows that 80 percent of Republicans are now fully behind Trump, a seven-point increase from August.

“Trump’s post-Charlottesville plunge proved to be short-lived, and his approval has stabilized,” said Morning Consult co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp.

“A key driver of this movement appears to be independents. Immediately after Charlottesville, 35 percent of independent voters approved of Trump, and 58 percent disapproved. In this latest poll, that has risen to 40 percent approval and 52 percent disapproval,” he said.

Trump has earned high marks for his responses to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. A recent SurveyMonkey poll showed that 56 percent rated Trump’s responses to the storms as “very good” or “good,” while in a Marist poll, 55 percent approved of how Trump responded to the hurricanes.

During Trump’s recent trip to Florida after Hurricane Irma, media accounts noted that he was compared favorably against former President Barack Obama.

“Where was Obama during the last hurricane?” one man shouted as Trump passed out sandwiches. “On the golf course!”

During his trip to Texas after Hurricane Harvey, the fact that he visited flood-ravaged regions was appreciated by residents.

Elaine Ybarra, 41, said Trump’s visit to her small Houston-area church was important to her.

“It’s quite humbling to have somebody of his stature come to this church,” she said.

“Him being here and bringing global attention to everything that’s going on here, he brings up prayers from around the world,” she said.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll was conducted between Sept. 14-17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.