Trump touts poll showing majority disapprove of his performance
President Trump tweeted on Tuesday a graphic with the results of a daily tracking poll that shows 46 percent of Americans approve of his job performance. But the same poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, shows 53 percent disapprove.
“One of the most accurate polls last time around,” Trump tweeted from the Philippines, where he is wrapping up a 12-day trip to Asia. “#FakeNews likes to say we’re in the 30’s. They are wrong. Some people think numbers could be in the 50’s. Together, WE will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
One of the most accurate polls last time around. But #FakeNews likes to say we’re in the 30’s. They are wrong. Some people think numbers could be in the 50’s. Together, WE will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/YhrwkdObhP
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 14, 2017
According to the phone survey of 500 likely voters, 30 percent say they “strongly approve of the way the president is performing,” while 44 percent say they “strongly disapprove.” The president has not had a net positive approval rating since March 3.
Other polls also show a majority disapprove of the job Trump is doing.
The most recent Gallup daily tracking poll, from Nov. 12, shows 38 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance, while 56 percent disapprove.
Trump, though, remains obsessed with polls, touting any that he feels shows his presidency in a positive light while dismissing all others as “fake.” In April, Trump fumed over two polls that showed he was approaching his 100th day in office with the lowest approval rating of any president in more than 70 years. And in June, he brushed off an ABC News/Washington Post survey that showed his approval at 36 percent — the lowest of any president at six months into his presidency.
“The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!” Trump tweeted.
The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2017
He also likes to claim that the national polling on the eve of the 2016 presidential election, which showed Hillary Clinton with about a 4-point lead, turned out to be wrong. Trump won the presidency by capturing the Electoral College, but Clinton won the popular vote by almost 2.9 million votes (65,853,625 to 62,985,106) or 2.1 percent — well within the margins of error for the surveys he criticizes.
Similarly, the final Rasmussen poll conducted before the election showed Clinton with a 2-point lead over Trump — or nearly the same margin by which she won the popular vote.
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