Donald Trump unleashed a series of tweets Sunday morning, touting a poll that showed him with a 50% approval rating, which he said was higher than his predecessor, President Obama.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017
But that isn’t true at all.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking poll did show Donald Trump with a 50% approval rating on Friday, June 16 — the first time Trump had reached this high of an approval rating since April, the pollsters noted.
But on June 16, 2009, then-President Obama had a 56% approval rating in the same poll. And on June 18, 2009, Obama had a 55% approval rating.
Other polls show Trump with much lower approval ratings than all of his predecessors, not just Barack Obama.
As of June 13, the Gallup daily tracking poll showed that just 36% approve of the job Trump is doing as President, while 60% disapprove.
The poll provides daily approval ratings dating back to Harry Truman, and Trump is the only President to hit a 60% disapproval rating within the first four-and-a-half months of his presidency.
On Sunday, Trump also called Rasmussen “one of the most accurate polls” of the 2016 election, but they inaccurately predicted a Clinton electoral college victory — as many polls did.
Rasmussen is Trump’s favorite pollster because it almost always skews conservative. Unlike the other polling companies, Rasmussen doesn’t call people on their cell phones, only people with landlines.
Federal law states that polling companies can use auto-dialers (which are cheaper) on landlines, but not cell phones. And the people with landlines tend to be older and more conservative.
Twitter had a field day:
You will NEVER be better than Harvard Law grad, Pulitzer Prize winner, 2-term, Barack Obama. Never. Ever. Ever. pic.twitter.com/MRWojZoiWh
— Sarah Smith (@SarahLSmith677) June 18, 2017
You need to stop tweeting about your approval numbers, they are at RECORD LOWS. It’s like bragging about still having about half your teeth.
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) June 18, 2017
Happy Father’s Day to the man with five kids from three wives.
— rob dobi (@Robdobi) June 18, 2017
CORRECTION: Trump’s approval rating for impeachment*
— Syed Mahmood Kazmi (@SMahmoodKazmi) June 18, 2017
Fact: Obama’s approval rating in June 18 2009 Rasmussen Poll was 55 percent. https://t.co/iKFQBRenP5
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) June 18, 2017
— Mike DeWolf (@DeWolfMichael) June 18, 2017
Nope. That’s lower than Obama. 🤣
You suck so bad even conservative polls give you a lower rating than Obama HAHAHAHA
— Jerry James Stone (@jerryjamesstone) June 18, 2017
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) June 18, 2017
Here’s you: me me me me lies me me me lies me me me lies me me me lies me me me me Obama me me me Clinton me me me lies Witch Hunt me me me
— Generalsrs (@thegeneralsrs) June 18, 2017
I feel like you actually believe this and don’t even know you’re nuts.
— Serra Klunk (@KittensCupboard) June 18, 2017