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President Trump’s Approval Rating Is Higher Than Obama’s At Same Time In Presidency

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Justin Caruso Contributor

President Donald Trump now has a higher approval rating than former president Barack Obama had during the same time in his presidency.

“Trump’s approval rating on Wednesday was 44.3 percent, according to a Real Clear Politics average of more than a half-dozen major polls, as reported by Newsweek. That is higher than Obama’s average approval rating of 43.9 percent on September 18, 2011, by the same measure.”

Trump’s approval rating has bounced around over his presidency, with some polls placing his lows in the high 30 percent range, and others placing his high marks as high as the 50 percent range.

Since Trump took office, Obama has bucked the tradition of former presidents keeping quiet about the next administration. Indeed, Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama criticized Trump repeatedly throughout 2017 and 2018. (RELATED: Michelle Obama Slams Female Trump Voters: ‘What Is Going On In Our Heads?’)

BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 06: Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to young leaders from across Europe in a Town Hall-styled session on April 06, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Obama also emerged during the 2018 midterm elections to sharply criticize Trump and encourage Americans to vote for Democrats.

“We can’t just put walls up all around America. Walls don’t keep out threats like terrorism or disease,” he said during a speech in September 2018.

During a speech in North Dakota, Trump mocked Obama’s criticisms of him, saying, “I’m sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep. I found he’s very good. Very good for sleeping.”