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GOP Pollster: Trump could be the first president who will be reelected with approval rating below 50 percent

President Trump could be the first president who will be reelected despite his low job approval rating, Republican pollster Jim Hobart said on Tuesday. “He may be the first one, but he was the first one to do a lot of things, ” Hobart told Jamal Simmons on Hill.TV’s What America’s Thinking. Hobart also said that Trump’s favorable rating was 40 percent when he won the election in 2016, and the rating now are well-above that figure. Trump’s rating across the surveys has been stalled between 40 to 50 percent despite the publication of Mueller report and the trade war with China. In the latest Hill-HarrisX survey, President Trump’s job approval rating is at 44 percent, a slight dip than the beginning of May. The Gallup poll also shows that his most recent rating is 46 percent, his highest number since June 2018. “That is just where he is, and that is going to be where he will stay. I think the big question is, what happens with these swing voters who don’t necessarily like Trump personally, but do like some of the things Trump was able to achieve. I think that is going to decide who is going to win in the 2020, ” Hobart said. —Philip Wang

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