Donald Trump brags about fake poll, but the real poll numbers show his approval rating is lowest yet

Either Donald Trump honestly believes that his historically low approval rating has somehow magically fixed itself, or he wants you believe it. That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from his tweet today in which he bragged about a comically fake poll number, falsely claiming that he’s now more popular than President Obama – even as his real polls numbers show that his presidency is bottoming out.

Trump tweeted the following this morning: “The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating.That’s higher than O’s #’s!” (link). In reality, Rasmussen is a widely discredited poll, whose methods have been exposed as fraudulent going back years (link). So the 50% number isn’t merely an outlier; it’s a fake poll number. Where is Trump in actuality?

If you start by pulling up the latest Donald Trump approval rating numbers from various major polling listed on RealClearPolitics (link), and then you remove the phony Rasmussen poll, and then you add in the new Associated Press poll (link) which for some reason isn’t yet listed on RealClearPolitics, you end up with a current average approval rating of 37% to 38%. While individual polls have posted even lower numbers as low as 34% or 35% along the way, this is the lowest that Trump’s average has been to date.

The question is whether Donald Trump is even aware of this. Is he so sheltered from real news from his advisers that he honestly believes his failed presidency is somehow popular with Americans? Or is he aware that he’s the most unpopular new president in U.S. history, and he’s floating a fake poll number in the hope of keeping his base from figuring out he’s finished? In any case, Trump still hasn’t bothered to say anything about the seven U.S. Navy sailors who died last night; he’s still too busy tweeting fake polls.


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6 Comments

  1. Jack Krebs on June 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Just FYI: Trump did tweet about the soldiers who died, on the 17th “Thoughts and prayers with the sailors of USS Fitzgerald and their families. Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance.”

    • Bill Palmer on June 19, 2017 at 3:28 am

      He tweeted about them while they were considered missing. He never tweeted anything about them after they were found dead. I know some pundits on both sides are crediting him for his Saturday tweet, but they appear to have either misread it or misunderstood the timeline of the tragedy. The fact is, he never said a word about the dead sailors.

  2. Claudia on June 18, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Hope it drops to zero!
    He has a marble heart and rocks for brains!
    He is such self absorbed person, how can he not know about the seven?
    Has he even commented on London?
    I guess he shut down, show is over!
    But please don’t let anyone off the hook!

    Certainly will be easier without him in oval office.
    And he still has how many lawsuits waiting? And I hope Rico!
    I’m certain Pence is anxiously waiting to pardon him
    And his, but I don’t think they can for treason?
    What a messed up deal!

  3. articulett on June 18, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Truth is not important to anyone in this administratin.

  4. Michael on June 18, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Even if you accept the Rasmussen poll (which is highly tilted to Republicans), according to the Rasmussen polls for Obama, he was at 54-56% approval at the same stage of his presidency (June 17-19, 2009). So even apples to apples, Obama is, and was, more popular than Trump. Obama’s current favorables are in the 60%+ range. In short, Trump continues to lie.

    • Bill Palmer on June 19, 2017 at 3:35 am

      Some polls are more or less accurate, or more or less biased, than others. But Rasmussen is unique in that it’s an outright FAKE poll. It’s not biased; it’s not an outlier; it’s intentionally crafted to produce fake results aimed at getting headlines. Its methodology is purposely changed around on the fly in that regard. No other major polling outlet operates like that. Rasmussen’s “poll numbers” are as fake as “the sky is green.” Pure fiction.

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