The president claimed on Friday that his approval ratings at this point in his presidency match those of Barack Obama, according to CNN.
‘’While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, @foxandfriends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017, was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009, which was 47%…and this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!’’ he tweeted, citing a report from “Fox & Friends.”
However, every poll shows that his approval ratings are falling behind those of almost every former president, including Obama. The clearest comparison of the two president’s approvals is Gallup’s daily tracking polls, released as three-day rolling averages and weekly averages.
The three-day averages released on December 28, 2009 showed that Obama’s approval was 51 percent, while on December 28 of this year, Trump’s approval rating was considerably lower, only 38 percent.
The weekly averages are quite similar. For the week ending December 27, 2009, 51% approved of Obama, and for the week ending December 24, 2017, 37% approved of Trump. And the difference between Trump and Obama’s net approval – the difference between approval and disapproval ratings – was a whopping 24.5 percentage points, Newsweek says.
Trump’s tweeted claim rests on the findings of a daily tracking poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports, which come from a poll carried out by means of a mix of online interviews and those conducted via calls to landline telephones. The CNN says that polls conducted in this manner do not meet its standards for reporting.
Trump tweeted out Rasmussen’s results Thursday with his campaign slogan: “Together, we are MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Trump’s current rating in CNN polling of 35% stands at least 14 points behind every other president dating back to Dwight Eisenhower. Bill Clinton’s numbers briefly matched Trump’s in late spring 1993 but rebounded in midsummer, leaving Trump alone at the bottom of the approval rating barrel.