President Trump’s approval rating holds steady at 45 percent ahead of midterms

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Forty-five percent of Americans said they approve of President Trump‘s job in office less than one week out from the midterm elections, according to a new American Barometer survey.

The poll, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found that 24 percent of voters said they “strongly approved” of the president, while 21 percent said they “somewhat approved.”

Fifty-five percent of respondents said they disapproved of Trump, with 42 percent saying they “strongly disapproved” and 12 percent saying they “somewhat disapproved.”

The last American Barometer poll on Trump’s approval rating, conducted earlier this month, showed the president’s approval rating at 46 percent and his disapproval rating at 54 percent.

The survey comes less than one week before the midterm elections.

The Real Clear Politics generic congressional ballot Wednesday showed Democrats leading Republicans by 7.5 points.

Political analyst Ruy Teixeira told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha that Republicans and Democrats will likely interpret the midterm results differently, with Democrats calling it an election about Trump.

“The Democrats will obviously more say it’s a referendum on Trump, and this indicates a rejection of the kind of politics he stands for,”  Teixeira said on “What America’s Thinking.”

“The Republicans will say this is just normal, off-year changes. It’s not at all a referendum on Trump. A lot of people still love him,” he continued.

The latest American Barometer found that 84 percent of Republicans said they approved of the president ahead of the midterms, while only 15 percent of Democrats said the same.

The American Barometer was conducted on October 30-31 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percent.

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