President Trump’s tenacity in the political and policy arena appears to be paying off. A new American Barometer survey from The Hill released Wednesday finds that 48 percent of American voters now approve of Mr. Trump. The approval is highest among rural voters: 66 percent give the president a cordial nod. Also among the higher numbers: 53 percent of men and Midwestern voters approve, along with 51 percent of baby boomers and 50 percent of Gen X-ers, those over 65 and those who are 35 to 49 years old, respectively.

There are predictable divides: 55 percent of white voters and 26 percent of black voters approve of Mr. Trump, the poll found. He gets a solid 81 percent among Republicans and 83 percent among “strong” conservatives, but 17 percent among Democrats and 18 percent among “strong” liberals.

According to GOP strategist Conor Maguire, the promising numbers reflect American satisfaction with the economy under his administration, despite the Republicans’ loss of the House during the midterms.

“Those are some of the best approval numbers we’ve seen,” Mr. Maguire told Hill analyst Jamal Simmons.

And as long as we’re knee-deep in poll numbers, consider that a recent Zogby Analytics survey revealed a pervasive but unflattering facet of the news media. It found that 73 percent of all U.S. voters agree that the press plays a role in dividing Americans by political persuasion, gender and race: 94 percent of Republicans and even 51 percent of Democrats agreed with that idea.

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“Not surprisingly, the groups who are ardent Trump supporters, and who are among unique swing voter groups that the Zogby poll tracks-frequent Amazon shoppers (79 percent agree), frequent Walmart shoppers (79 percent agree) and NASCAR fans (77 percent agree) were some of the groups who felt strongest about the media’s role spreading hate and misunderstanding,” the Zogby poll analysis noted.

“It must also be noted that majorities of voters in many of the same groups that felt the mainstream media spreads hate and misunderstanding, also felt that President Trump is responsible for the spread of hate and misunderstanding, but more voters overall, and in most sub-groups, blame the media slightly more!” the analysis said.

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