Just one day after President Donald Trump boasted of last week’s 50 percent approval rating reported by the right-leaning daily poll from Rasmussen Reports, the figure had already slumped two percentage points by Monday. By contrast, the president’s disapproval rating among “likely U.S. voters” rose one point to 51 percent.
“The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating,” Trump tweeted early Sunday morning. “That’s higher than [Obama’s numbers]!” The president had previously tweeted the figure Friday, writing “Great news.”
Trump’s claim that his numbers were higher than those of former President Barack Obama was erroneous — at least, if the numbers were any indication. It was not clear to what source Trump was referring, but poll numbers recorded by Rasmussen Reports for the same respective date — June 16, 2009 — saw Obama’s favorability at 56 percent. In fact, Obama never polled at lower than a 53 percent approval rating the entire month of June in the survey. He also maintained a disapproval percentage rating of low-mid 40s, which was better than Trump’s own 51 percent disapproval rating as of Monday.
As for Rasmussen’s veracity, as Newsweek noted Saturday, it was indeed the closest to predicting the final result of the 2016 election. However, the poll has been a consistent outlier when compared with other daily polls. Gallup’s own poll results saw the president’s favorability at a significantly lower 38 percent — down a point from the weekend — and his disapproval rating at 56 percent. Gallup’s results are reported daily and based on telephone interviews with roughly 1,500 American adults.
Real Clear Politics — which averaged the most recent poll results of Quinnipiac, Gallup, Rasmussen and others — saw Trump’s approval rating at 40 percent with a…