Early Tuesday morning, on the heels of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 89th birthday, President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that “unemployment for Black Americans is the lowest ever recorded. Trump approval ratings with Black Americans has doubled. Thank you, and it will get even (much) better!
Unemployment for Black Americans is the lowest ever recorded. Trump approval ratings with Black Americans has doubled. Thank you, and it will get even (much) better! @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2018
Unfortunately for Trump, this is simply not true. As indicated in the tweet, the president’s information came from none other than Fox News.
During a segment on Fox & Friends, host Brian Kilmeade said, “believe it or not, through all this negative coverage, they did a survey of 600,000 people about how black America views this president. His numbers have actually doubled.”
Study: 90% of Trump media coverage in 2017 was negative pic.twitter.com/vbrwup4Drg
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) January 16, 2018
It turns out, Kilmeade is making stuff up. Survey Monkey, an online polling company, has surveyed 602,134 people since Trump’s inauguration in 2017, not just “black America,” as claimed by Kilmeade. In fact, the survey Kilmeade references polled 19,000 black men and 31,000 black women.
“Survey Monkey’s results, provided to The New York Times, show that Mr. Trump’s approval ratings among black Americans actually declined from 20 percent in February 2017, his first full month in office, to 15 percent in December. (This is consistent with polling from the Pew Research Center and Reuters.),” reported the New York Times. In the survey, the details of which were discussed in the Atlantic, 23 percent of black men and 11 percent black women support the President.
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