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Half of likely U.S. voters now approve of President Trump’s job performance, according to Rasmussen Reports, which noted that on the same date in Barack Obama’s term his approval was only 45 percent.

The latest figures include 34 percent who strongly approve of the way the president is performing and 41 percent who strongly disapprove,” Rasmussen said.

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has resulted in 13 indictments against Russians for meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and half of voters now think it’s possible this alleged interference cost Hillary Clinton the presidency. But slightly more think the U.S. government also interferes in the elections of other countries,” the polling service said.

“The indictments handed down to the Russians involved using stolen identities from American citizens to promote mostly pro-Trump political activist campaigns through social media. Interestingly, though, 79 percent of regular social media users say their political opinions are not significantly influenced by postings on social media, including 40 percent who say they are not influenced at all.”

The polling organization also said that while Democrats have promoted gun control in response to the Florida high school shooting, “most Americans don’t believe stricter gun control laws will reduce violent crime.”

“They also don’t trust the federal government to enforce gun laws fairly.”

Rasmussen collects daily tracking results through telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reports them on a three-day rolling average basis.

“To reach those who have abandoned traditional landline telephones, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview randomly selected participants from a demographically diverse panel. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 1,500 Likely Voters is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.”

WND reported Feb. 8 Trump’s approval ratings has begun to exceed Obama’s at the same point in his term.

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