(National Sentinel) Hanging Tough: The establishment media and the cable news commentariat have been withering in their criticism of POTUS Donald Trump.

Negative media coverage hovers above the 90 percent mark. No matter what the president says on any given issue, he’s relentlessly criticized.

With so much negativity, how is it possible for this president to even remain in office?

Simple; because he remains popular, and that is especially true among Republican voters.

According to a new NBC/WSJ poll, the president’s approval rating has risen to 45 percent, compared to 52 percent unfavorability.

The Wall Street Journal noted:

Mr. Trump’s job approval rating rose to 45% in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the highest mark of his presidency and up 1 percentage point from June. The survey was taken over a four-day period that started July 15, a day before Mr. Trump’s news conference with Mr. Putin in which he questioned the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

Underpinning Mr. Trump’s job approval was support from 88% of Republican voters. Of the four previous White House occupants, only George W. Bush, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, had a higher approval rating within his own party at the same point in his presidency.

Obama, at this period, was at 81 percent approval within his own party.

“During what is a terrible week in terms of media coverage and focus on the president, these numbers don’t budge,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who helped conduct the survey.

There are some supposed “warning signs” for the president in the survey too, but none of them make much sense given the platforms Trump ran on and the policies he’s following.

For instance, a majority in the survey said they disagreed with his economic and border policies, though clearly, he won on primarily those two issues.

The same survey has overall approval of his handling of the economy at 51 percent — a majority. What’s more, Americans have consistently said they favor tougher border security. 

Maybe it’s because NBC/WSJ oversampled solid Democrats vs. solid Republicans again? (24 percent vs. 19 percent).

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