Poll: Trump more popular than Obama at same point in first term

As many U.S. voters are casting early ballots in the 2018 midterms, Republicans are staging an effort to maintain control of Congress with a strategy that includes frequent campaign rallies featuring President Donald Trump.

Despite behavior and rhetoric that has alienated him among many voters, a recent polls indicates Trump is maintaining a higher approval rate than his Democratic predecessor at the same point in their respective first terms.

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Trump is still underwater, according to the recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, with 47 percent of respondents offering him favorable marks. But President Barack Obama sat at just 45 percent approval as the first midterms of his presidency approached in 2010.

The Democratic Party experienced widespread congressional losses in that election.

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