Eighty-six percent of Republicans and 41 percent of Independents now approve of the way Trump is handling his presidency.
Among Republicans, 86 percent said they approve of the job Trump is doing, a 6-percentage point improvement from last month. He posted his lowest numbers - 35 percent - in December 2017 and February 2018. Similarly, independent support for President Trump saw an uptick from 35 percent to 41 percent. But CNN noted that Trump's current standing is only marginally lower than that recorded for President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s and President Barack Obama in 2010 in the earliest stages of their two-term presidencies.
A pair of polls this week - by CNN and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research - both say that 42 percent of Americans approve of his performance as president, the highest figures the news organizations have recorded in months.
A huge majority of respondents stated that they believe the women accusing him of extramarital affairs. When the statistics are divided into party lines, however, things change. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points, it is larger for subgroups.
Minutes after CNN's Anderson Cooper wrapped his highly-hyped interview with Stormy Daniels, anchors and pundits openly questioned the point of the network's breathless coverage; with one analyst admitting he was "perplexed and bewildered" over the segment. Numerous guests said that the legal implications of the non-disclosure agreements, such as possible campaign finance violations regarding the $130,000 paid to Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet, might actually be damaging to the president. Most also say Trump does not care about people like them (56%).