New polls show Trump’s approval ratings up, Texans split on Wall

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two polls released Tuesday show President Donald Trump’s job approval ratings in 2018 and how Texans feel about the border wall. 

Gallup Poll

Trump’s job approval rating was at 41 percent in Texas in 2018, a modest increase from the previous year, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday morning. 

There was a slight bump in his national average job approval rating as well, going from 38 percent in 2017 to 40 percent in 2018. Seventeen states gave him an approval rating of 50 percent or higher states in 2018, which is five more than in 2017. 

Gallup poll shows Trump's job approval ratings from 2018.

West Virginia topped the list of states where Trump had the highest approval ratings with 62 percent. Texas did not make it the top 10 states list. His rating was lowest in Hawaii at 26 percent. 

“Trump’s job approval ratings by state give a baseline estimate of how his re-election prospects stand from an Electoral College perspective,” Gallup pollsters wrote in the rating announcement. “While his ratings in 17 states are high enough to suggest he has a good chance of winning those states in the presidential election next year, they tend to be small states and account for barely a third of the electoral votes he would need to win the presidency.” 

Read the full implications of this new Gallup poll here. 

Quinnipiac Poll 

The Quinnipiac University poll showed Texas voters were split evenly on the issue of the border wall at 48 to 48 percent.

Eighty-seven percent of Republicans supported the wall and 90 percent of Democrats were opposed to it, the poll found. 

In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, photo, a U.S. flag hangs on a border barrier in El Paso, Texas.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

“Texas voters disapprove 60-39 percent of President Donald Trump using emergency powers to fund a wall on the border,” the poll found.

Read the full findings of the new Quinnipiac poll here. 

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