Transcript for Trump's approval ratings on the rise
Now to president trump's approval rating on the rise. A just-released ABC news/"washington post" poll has his approval rating 44%. The highest of his career. Up five points since April. However, 53% disapprove of his overall job performance. ABC's Rachel Scott is in new Jersey where the president is spending the weekend. Rachel, good morning. Reporter: Yes, Eva, good morning to you. The president's approval rating's at its peak. Just how vulnerable the president could be ahead of the 2020 election. For starters, majority of Americans, 53% still disapprove of the president's performance in office. That's not the only thing casting a shadow over those high approval ratings. Even though most Americans oppose impeachment, 65% say the president has acted unpresidential. So, what exactly does this mean ahead of 2020? Well, in a nationwide head to head matchup, Joe Biden outperforms trump by ten points. Among registered voters. Among those voters surveyed our poll indicates a tight race right now between president trump and senators kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Eva. Rachel, speaking of Biden, he's been in some hot water on race issues ever since senator Harris went after him in that first democratic debate, how is the former vice president handling that? Reporter: Yes, Eva, for weeks Biden faced criticism after his comments about working to find common ground with segregationists. While campaigning in south Carolina yesterday, he issued this apology. Now was I wrong to give the impression that I was praising those men I successfully opposed time and again? Yes, I was. I regret it. I'm sorry if any of the pain or misconception I may have caused anybody. Reporter: And Biden still top of mind for president trump who tweeted yesterday, calling him a reclamation project and attacked his record. He also said the former vp just simply won't win. Eva. Rachel Scott for us in new Jersey, thank you. So much to talk about here. Let's bring in Martha Raddatz who's in D.C. Hosting "This week" later this morning. Martha, good morning. Let's pick up with this Biden story. After he issued that apology we just heard, the press secretary for kamala Harris tweeted, every candidate's record will and should be scrutinized in this race. There are no free passes. Does that suggest to you that Biden is not really out of the woods yet on this issue of race? Well, kamala Harris' press secretary is probably right. He's probably not out of the woods. It took him weeks to apologize, so clearly, this issue was sticking to Joe Biden. And it will in the future. He'll be scrutinized about everything. All of the candidates will be scrutinized about everything. You'll probably hear Joe Biden mention Barack Obama a lot on the campaign trail. Certainly trying to put all of this behind him. But this is a campaign about issues, this is a campaign about every issue, the press and his opponents will keep looking at this issue. Yeah, Barack Obama was a huge theme in Biden's speech yesterday. Really was. In order to make the point that he was associated with that president. I want to loop back, though, to the big ABC news/"washington post" poll that's out this morning, so, yes, there are causes for concern in there for president trump and yet, the economy is strong, his approval rating is up in our poll to a record, and heading into 2020, he definitely has the power of incumbency at his back, should that be a wake-up call for Democrats? Yes, yes, yes. Especially the economy. The economy as you said is very robust. President trump will remind everybody about the economy again and again. And despite his disapproval rating, some of those independents are going to say, hey, look, the economy is in really good shape, if it remains that way, of course, so maybe I can forget all of those other things I don't like about president trump. So, yes, that's a very big issue. Also have to look at immigration that's his signature issue. Things didn't go well this week with those reports about conditions at those migrant facilities. That, too, is going to be a big issue, and his opponents are going to go after him on that. They already are. Martha, thank you very much. I want to remind everybody, Martha has a big show this morning. She'll be speaking with acting dhs secretary Kevin mcaleenan about the crisis at the border. And congresswoman Rashida tlaib sits down with Martha, all coming up "This week." Right here on ABC.
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