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Forty percent of registered voters approve of President Trump's job performance, while 55 percent disapprove, according to a survey released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University.

While it's hard to peg an increase in the president's approval rating to any specific event, some news items over the last few months may have helped boost Mr. Trump. Just 44% of voters approved of Obama, while 56% disapproved. A whopping 83 percent of Republicans voters -- almost the number of party faithful who tend to approve of Trump's job performance -- say that Trump hasn't tried to derail anything. Seven in 10 American voters, 70%, say the United States economy is excellent or good - the best mark on this question since 2001.

Former FBI Director James Comey said Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty, Trump recently asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if he was "on my team", and Trump also asked former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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47 percent disapprove of the way he has handled taxes; 45 percent approve.

47 percent disapprove of the Republican tax plan; 39 percent approve. "More than three in four Trump voters say that", according to YouGov on February 7.

Voters are divided on whether Trump is a racist: 49 percent say he is; 46 percent say he is not. The respondents were 24 percent Republican, 29 percent Democratic and 40 percent independent.

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The Rasmussen survey, the organization's daily Presidential Tracking Poll, also found 34 percent strongly approve of the way Trump is performing and 43 percent strongly disapprove.

"Americans are feeling good about their personal finances, but we'll have to see whether the Wall Street plunge takes a toll on the guy in charge", Malloy said.

This Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from February 2-5 among 1,333 registered voters.

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