DONALD Trump has made it to the Hall of Fame of US presidents a shock new poll by Lord Ashcroft has revealed – at least among his own supporters.
The approval ratings of the US president has reached new highs, according to a poll conducted by the organisation led by Lord Ashcroft, the former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.
And the Trump administration has so far satisfied so much his voters, they ranked him the best US president since Richard Nixon, who served in that role between 1969 and 1974, the survey showed.
Analysing a sample of 6,000 American voters between August 21-30 2018, Lord Ashcroft’s survey asked respondents to rank each president since Nixon.
Those who voted for Mr Trump in November 2016 ranked him above Ronald Reagan, by many considered an icon of the Republican party and the conservative movement around the world.
And Mr Trump ranked well even among the “reluctant voters”, those who chose to cast the ballot for him just to prevent Hillary Clinton to win.
In their top threes, Mr Trump arrived second, just behind Mr Reagan and ahead of the 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush.
The top three of the general population saw Mr Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, in the first place, followed by Mr Reagan and former Democrat president Bill Clinton.
The survey comes just two months before the US midterm elections.
Donald Trump is more popular than Ronald Reagan among his voters, a survey shows
These consultations are held every four years in November and ask Americans to vote for 435 members of the House of Representatives and 33 members of the US Senate.
In addition to that, 34 of the 50 US states are set to elect their governors.
Two years after the election that took the world by storm and brought Mr Trump to the White House, the US president has cashed in the support of 58 percent of the population, according to the survey.
The poll showed that since last October there has been a marked shift towards an optimistic take on the future of the US.
Donald Trump ranked well even among the ‘reluctant voters’
According to the survey, there has been a 14 point increase among both convinced and reluctant Trump voters saying the country is on the right track.
And the approval rates were even higher when the surveyed were asked about the economy.
Lord Ashcroft said: “When we ask specifically about the economy, the optimism rises further.
“A majority of the population, whose numbers again mirror those for independent voters, expect the economy to do well over the next year both for the country as a whole and for themselves and their families.
The US midterm elections will take place in November
“Whether this is down to Trump is a different question.
“We find in our focus groups that his voters see a direct connection between his presidency, new jobs and a rising stock market, while others are naturally more reluctant to give him the credit.
“We also see a further split along political lines.
“While Trump supporters are slightly more optimistic for the country as a whole than they are for their own household, his opponents are more likely to think that the country is going to the dogs but they personally will be fine.”