President Donald Trump is getting a lot more love in Iowa. A new poll reveals that his approval ratings have significantly increased in the past week weeks in the state. Iowa is regarded as a swing state in the race for the White House.
The new poll says forty-four percent of Iowans approve of Trump’s job performance, an increase from the numbers in December last year which registered 35% of Iowans approving of his job performance.
The poll was conducted by Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll. The survey was done from January 28-31 and questioned 801 Iowans with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
The poll also found that 40 percent of Iowans think that the country is heading in the right direction. 49 percent, however, feel the U.S. is on the wrong track.
The previous Iowa Poll was conducted on December 3-6, or eight weeks before the current one. The eight-week period was seen as a consequential one in Washington, D.C. and generally positive for Trump and the Republicans.
Trump signed into law a major tax reform package on December 22 that intends to lower tax rates among many Americans. Then on January 22, he signed a temporary spending bill to end a three-day government shutdown that was to a great extent blamed on the Democrats. On January 30, while the Iowa Poll was in the field conducting the survey, the President appeared on primetime television to deliver his first State of the Union address.
While Trump’s vastly improving numbers in Iowa is a positive development for him and the Republicans there’s still much work to be done to win back the Iowans especially with 51% still registering disapproval for his job performance. Trump won in Iowa in 2016 by 9.5 points.