(National Sentinel) Approval: President Donald J. Trump is ending his first year in office on a high note after successfully shepherding passage of a landmark tax cut for American earners and corporations and watching the U.S. economy surge after his November 2016 victory.

According to Rasmussen Reports’ Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, Trump’s approval rating has popped to 45 percent, versus 53 percent who said they disapprove.

That’s better than recent polling, which had the president anywhere from upper 30’s to low 40’s in terms of approval.

Also, Trump’s presidency is beginning to shift Americans’ views of the future.

“While it’s been a roller coaster year for America when it comes to voters’ outlook on the future of this country, more voters now think America’s best days are in the future rather than in the past,” Rasmussen Reports noted.

That’s the highest number since shortly after Trump took office in late January, when more than 40 percent of Americans said they believe the country is heading in the right direction.

In recent days, Trump tweeted out that his administration’s internal polling shows strong support for his policies and his administration.

In terms of the economy, Trump has already seen 3-plus percent growth in GDP twice since taking office.

The economy grew at just 1.2 percent in the first quarter (Trump was inaugurated Jan. 20), but has grown 3.1 percent and 3.2 percent in the second and third quarters, respectively.

Economists are expecting at least 3 percent growth in the fourth quarter, as the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.1 percent.

By comparison, Obama never saw 3 percent growth in GDP during his eight-year tenure.

Update: Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report tweeted that Trump’s first-year approval rating is exactly the same as President Obama’s first-year rating.


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