Politics Trump boasts that his approval ratings may be as high as about 50%

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President Donald Trump cited his favorite poll and speculated that some people thought his approval rating may even be over 50%.

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  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday seemed to brag in a tweet that his approval rating may be higher than 50%.
  • Trump cited a poll, which is often favorable to him, that put his approval rating at 46%.
  • Other polling firms put his approval lower, in the high 30s. Other presidents have enjoyed better approval at similar times in their presidency.


President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning about a new poll from Rasmussen, the polling company often most favorable to the president, that found approval over his job performance to be 46% from the US public.

Trump also used the occasion to attack the media and the majority of polling institutions and to speculate that his actual approval could be even higher.

"One of the most accurate polls last time around. But #FakeNews likes to say we’re in the 30's. They are wrong. Some people think numbers could be in the 50's. Together, WE will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Trump tweeted with an accompanying graphic of his picture and the 46% statistic credited to Rasmussen.

Several prominent media outlets peg Trump's approval rating around the high 30s. His ratings have been lower than other presidents' at similar times in their terms.

But Trump often dismisses mainstream media companies as "fake news" and indeed proved many polling firms and media outlets wrong with his stunning 2016 election victory.

On November 14, 2009, during President Barack Obama's first term, Obama's RealClearPolitics average approval rating was 52.1%.

The Rasmussen poll cited by Trump surveyed 1,500 likely voters and had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.

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