Trump's approval ranking is on the rise

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A new poll indicates that President Trump has his best approval rating in seven months.

57 percent disapprove of Trump's foreign policy efforts; 37 percent approve.

Most Democrats, 87 percent, believe the Federal Bureau of Investigation is "just trying to do their job", according to the Marist poll.

47 percent disapprove of the way he has handled taxes; 45 percent approve. In the new Quinnipiac poll, 46 percent say it's appropriate vs. 44 percent who say it's not appropriate.

"Given the overwhelmingly negative coverage President Trump has received (in the 90% negative range) and the overwhelmingly positive coverage President Obama enjoyed (remember the late night comedian who complained that there was nothing to joke about early in Obama's presidency?), these approval polls reveal a public that has tuned out the mainstream media's nattering against the president", he wrote.

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The poll, released Friday, finds that just more than half of those surveyed, 53 percent, say that the special counsel probe is a "fair" investigation into Trump's campaign, while 28 percent say it is "unfair". But ask GOP voters, and it's the polar opposite. He now has an approval rating of 40 percent, a number he hasn't hit since June 29, 2017.

Mueller's investigation is legitimate, 50 percent of voters say, while 42 percent say it is a "political witch hunt".

Voters contend Trump is doing more to divide the country than to unite it by 60 percent to 35 percent. Yes, the Mueller investigation must be allowed to proceed unimpeded, and the scurrilous attacks against the FBI and Department of Justice must end.

Quinnipiac University ran the poll February 2-5, surveying 1,333 voters nationwide. The respondents were 24 percent Republican, 29 percent Democratic and 40 percent independent.

The Economist/YouGov poll surveyed 1,320 registered voters between February 4 and February 6, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.