A new CNN poll conducted by market research firm SSRS shows President Trump has hit the highest polling numbers he's seen since his 100 day mark. At 42 percent approval, one analyst says, "he's *this* close to Obama's and Reagan's" numbers at the same point in their presidencies.
Trump's numbers are up 7 points since last month overall, and his highest marks are for how he's handled economic issues with a 48 percent approval. The survey was conducted during the span of March 22-25.
After rumors of affairs, high turnover in his cabinet, and the recent passing of a controversial spending bill, the poll comes off the heels of a tumultuous time for the president. While he saw a boost in some areas, voters differentiated on the issues.
Over half of voters polled disapprove of Trump's performance on the issues of gun policy.
Respondents were also mostly critical of President Trump's handling of trade issues in light of recent tariffs and trade war speculation, with 38 percent granting approval. His marks for foreign affairs came in one point higher, with an approval of 39 percent; Trump has received both criticism and praise in his handling of perceived national threats such as North Korea and Russia.
In the poll, SSRS makes reference to two women who "have said that they had relationships with Donald Trump which were sexual and occurred during Trump's marriage to Melania Trump." The question following asked respondents whether they believe the women or the president. While 21 percent of voters said they believed the president, 63 percent said they believe the women.
On Sunday night, 60 Minutes aired an interview with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, one of the women who claims to have had an affair with the president. There was much hype about the confession, which attracted 22 million viewers — the highest numbers the CBS show has seen in a decade. But there was no "smoking gun" as many expected. The White House has denied the president had an affair with Daniels.
SSRS provided a breakdown of those polled, with 25 percent describing themselves as Republicans, 29 percent as Democrats, and 46 percent either independents or of another party. In total, 1,014 adults participated in the survey.