There’s a very good reason that Donald Trump insists negative polls are “fake news” and promotes numbers by Rasmussen, who tends to inflate his numbers. A recent Gallup poll demonstrates why.
Trump job approval via @Gallup:
— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) March 14, 2019
Trump’s numbers previously took a nosedive during times like reports of family separations at the border and the longest-ever government shutdown in U.S. history. Recently, a flurry of negative reports has brought that rating down to match his lowest points.
According to Gallup News:
‘The latest poll was conducted March 1-10, just after Trump’s second denuclearization summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to produce an agreement. At the same time, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was front and center as Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, provided potentially incriminating evidence during testimony on Capitol Hill.’
Trump job approval slips 4 points in Gallup poll: 39% from 43%
Trump's approval rating is buoyed in large part by Republicans, 90% of whom gave him positive marks in the Gallup poll. 33% of independents approve of Trump, as do just 4% of Democrats.
— DC Cajun (@DCCajun) March 15, 2019
Trump convinces his supporters that the economy is doing well because of his policies, although he started doing so in the first year of his presidency when his policies hadn’t even gone into effect yet. Recent jobs report for February showed that the Trump administration’s expected job growth had sunk from the projected figure of 180,000 to just 20,000, and that news may have affected the ratings in an equal way as his North Korea summit and the reported allegations of criminal activity.
‘A weaker-than-expected jobs report toward the end of the polling period also may have contributed to a more tepid approval rating for the president, whose greatest perceived strength has been his handling of the economy.’
“Donald Trump’s Approval Rating is at or near his highest level ever. The media is not being honest about what is happening in this Country.” Jesse Watters
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2019
Trump can insist all he likes that he’s the most successful president in history, but the numbers do not lie. Americans are overwhelmingly disapproving of this president and it shows repeatedly in his severely low approval vs. disapproval ratings.
‘On a relative basis, Trump’s average approval rating since taking office is the lowest of any U.S. president dating back to Harry Truman. Trump’s personal high rating, 45%, has been achieved twice in his presidency — in the first week of his term and in June 2018, after his first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. His lowest rating, 35%, was seen several times throughout 2017, his first year in office.’
Trump net approval* as of 2019-03-14
* 14 day centered rolling average pic.twitter.com/gjuni3UAhN
— Dr. Eamus Catuli (@Very_Stable_G) March 15, 2019
Republicans are sticking by their president despite overwhelming evidence of his lies and failures, while Democrats sharply disapprove. The most important ratings, however, are from Independents, who generally decide presidential elections each cycle.
‘Approval of Trump remains sharply polarized — 90% of Republicans, 33% of independents and 4% of Democrats currently approve. Republicans’ and Democrats’ ratings have not deviated much over the course of Trump’s presidency, but independents have been somewhat more variable in their views.’