Fact Check: Is Trump’s approval rating higher than Obama’s?

President Trump today decided to give himself a metaphorical pat on the back by taking to twitter to tout his most recent approval ratings.

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! Trump tweeted.

The Rasmussen poll which gauges opinion on the President on a daily basis gave Trump a 50% approval rating. The first time it has been this high since April.

“This is the first time the president’s overall approval rating has hit the 50% mark since late April. His approval rating has ranged from a high of 59% in late January shortly after he took office to a low of 42% in early April. ” said the polling company.

The President, seeing this as a bit of calm in an otherwise turbulent presidency sought to double down on the good news by claiming it is higher than that of Obama’s.

However, data from the same polling company contradicts this statement. When Obama entered office in 2009, he had a 67% approval rating. At this exact stage of his presidency Obama’s numbers had fallen to 55%.

5 points clear of Trump’s current rating.

Other polling companies have given quite considerably lower ratings. As of the 13th of June, The Gallup daily tracking poll has put Trump’s numbers at 36%.

Verdict: False.

By Aaron O’Leary – Media Bias Fact Check

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2 Comments on "Fact Check: Is Trump’s approval rating higher than Obama’s?"

  1. bluecat57 | June 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm |

    So how did Trump win the election if all the polls were right? Many polls are internally biased. And is that a Rasmussen to Rasmussen comparison with exactly the same internals? Polls today are suspect and IMHO worthless. I don’t care how someone or something polls. I care if they are doing good or I benefit from the thing.

  2. The Author compared a Rasmussen poll for the same time during the Obama Presidency. So it is Rasmussen vs. Rasmussen. Regardless of how it was conducted, Obama was higher which makes the Trump claim false. Trump did not specify how the poll was conducted, he just cited Rasmussen. So that is what the author checked.


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