Poll: President Trump's approval rating surges after August slump

Christina Gregg, AOL.com

After suffering from depressed approval ratings during the summer, President Donald Trump just saw one of his biggest poll bumps in recent months.

According to the latest Rasmussen daily tracking poll, Trump's approval rating currently hit 44 percent on Monday after cresting to 46 percent late last week. That's the highest approval rating he's seen in that survey since early June, and up about eight points from his low of 36 percent in early August when his approval dropped below former President Barack Obama's threshold.  

The latest poll also shows 55 percent of likely U.S. voters disapprove of Trump's job performance, with 45 percent strongly disapproving and 27 percent strongly approving.

Although his daily approval number with Gallup remained at a low 38 percent as of Sunday, the boost in Rasmussen's findings could signal the possibility he could see numbers grow in September.

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Trump has faced two major crises in his relatively young presidency as he's led the federal response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma -- two storms that left families scattered throughout the Gulf Coast to pick up the pieces and deal with the devastating impact. He has played an active public role in the wake of the storms, traveling twice to Texas to survey damage, serve food to victims and greet and console survivors

Trump has also recently shifted his use of social media during the storms. From retweeting local enforcement agencies to sending out reassuring messages to victims of Harvey and Irma, President Trump's often explosive tweets focused on politically contentious issues in Washington have instead focused on the natural disasters. A report from last week suggested that Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged him to send out a tweet reassuring DACA immigrants of their current status.

Trump is now in the throes of the fall legislative calendar, with a list of campaign promises he has yet to make good on during his first eight months in office. Tax reform, health care and now the scraping of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy -- each of these Trump has signaled Congress must get done, and how he postures himself at the head of the helm could define his approval ratings moving forward.

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