President Donald Trump shared the results of a recent job approval rating poll on Twitter, but social media users noticed that the president may be overlooking some important details.
“Thank you very much,” Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon in response to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll which showed the president with an 88 percent approval rating. “Working hard!”
Thank you very much, working hard! pic.twitter.com/cSzbFfq2NW
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2018
Trouble is, that 88 percent is solely among Republicans, who represent a shrinking bloc of the American voting electorate.
Twitter jumped on this, mercilessly.
AMONG REPUBLICANS! This is worth nothing.
— Thorsten (@Airvooocht) July 25, 2018
So, only 24 % of Americans are Republican. So, you're actual approval rating among Republicans is more like 21%. SAD! 😓
— Stupider & Watergateyer 🤪🤡💩⚠️😬 (@radioradiation) July 25, 2018
One user did the math, and the 88 percent of Republicans who approve of the job Trump is doing constitute, at most, 23 percent of the country.
"Among Republicans." Just 27% of the population identify as Republican. So 88% of 27% equates to around 23% of Americans. So, less than 1 in 4. Might want to rethink your glee.
— stonecircle (@stone_circle) July 26, 2018
Read the fine print–that's 88% among Republicans. But then, you never let the facts get in the way of truth and context.
— Samra Jones Bufkins MJ, APR (@Samjb) July 26, 2018
Republicans are 26% of the voting population.
If 88% of Republicans approve, that means 22% of the overall voting population approve of what you are doing.
No President has ever held such consistently low numbers.
70% of Americans are appalled by you and can’t wait for you to go. pic.twitter.com/NUhXFmprfx
— Sunshinegirl (@Sunshin26946324) July 26, 2018
Others noted that voter turnout in 2016 was also low. Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes.
*Among [the small & dwindling] Republican [Party]
But, see what the majority thinks:https://t.co/pKzmpU6xje
— Jessica Goldman Fx (@jlgoldmankeen) July 26, 2018
You do realize this is not a majority of the population. This is just among the GOP. You are supposed to be the president of all Americans. When are you going to start acting like it? #BeAUnifierNotADivider
— Patti Cook (@wewillresist2) July 26, 2018
Trump would be wise to read the fine print on this poll because the numbers don’t look great for him. While 88 percent of Republicans either approve or strongly approve of his job performance, only 45 percent of all registered voters felt the same way, the poll found.
Among Democrats, Trump’s approval sits at an abysmal nine percent. The president’s numbers among independents are also circling the drain, with just 36 percent saying they approve of his performance. Independent voters are essential for victory in November’s midterm elections.
The poll also showed that 52 percent of those surveyed disapprove of Trump, and that number climbs to 58 percent among Independents and skyrockets to 89 percent among Democrats.
NBC surveyed 900 registered voters from July 15-18 by landline and cell phone. The poll has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.
Indeed, July has been a rough month for the president’s job approval ratings. Numerous other polls have shown that voters are tiring of Trump.