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Prominent Dem pollster says Trump is doing better than his critics say

A prominent Dem pollster says Trump is doing better than his critics believe. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

A prominent Democrat pollster says that President Donald Trump is doing much better than many of his critics would care to admit.

What did the pollster say?

"About six months ago we all thought 'Oh Trump, he's going to be in the 30s, the economy, of course, was going to be in the tank,' and in fact, none of that has happened. So you really have to adjust our models and our thinking to the reality of what's going on in the country," Mark Penn, chairman of the Harris Poll, recently said on Hill TV's "What America's Thinking."

Penn is a former aide to Democrat Hillary Clinton's Senate and presidential campaigns from 2000 to 2008.

During the interview, Penn said Trump's approval rating trajectory is somewhat different from past presidents. That’s because his approval rating has inched up as the 2018 midterm elections approach, the Hill reported.

A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released last month found that Trump's approval rating stands at 47 percent, up from 45 percent in May.

In Gallup’s presidential tracker, Trump has a 41 percent approval rating. Around the same time in Barack Obama’s presidency, Obama had a 46 percent approval rating. That was a more than 20-point drop from when he entered office, The Hill reported.

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