A majority of those surveyed said they felt that the country was on the "wrong track", but the results showed an uptick from recent months. While the president is hardly popular nationwide, this marks a fairly significant jump from a December Monmouth poll that put Trump's approval rating at a low of 32 percent, with a disaproval rating of 56 percent.
The figure represents the first time Trump's approval ratings have topped 40% since September 2017 - and his best showing in a Monmouth approval poll since last March, when 43% of Americans thought he was doing a good job. Before the tax reform bill was approved, only 42 percent said Trump had been successful with Congress compared to 53 percent who disagreed. Even white voters with no college degree, a key element of Trump's base, weren't that enthusiastic - 54 percent said Trump is someone kids should emulate, while 41 percent disagreed. Vermont is the least approving state, registering just 26 percent. Thirty-seven percent said they approve of the country's direction, up from 24 percent in December.
Democratic overperformance in special elections, the of promising candidates, and a wave of retirements among congressional Republicans in the last few months has played into a narrative of a growing Democratic wave election come November.
The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from January 28-30 with 806 adults in the United States. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.