President Donald Trump continues to chase after the elusive 50 percent or higher approval rating. Thus far he has only hit that mark on the conservative Rasmussen poll a handful of times during his presidency .
This has not stopped Trump from claiming a higher approval rating however. In the past he has misread or misunderstood poll results and cited them as proof of a high approval rating when it was his disapproval rating that charted well over 50 percent.
And he did it again with the help of Lou Dobbs and Fox News.
On Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted a graphic from Dobbs’ program. He captioned the image:
“Great news! #MAGA”
But there were some problems with the graphic on Fox News. And the person who would know best what the actual poll results were quickly pointed them out.
Mo Elleithee, Executive director of Georgetown Politics, posted on Twitter:
“I’m the director of @GUPolitics (Georgetown Politics Twitter account) & this graphic is incorrect.”
“The Battleground Poll shows 58% approval on [just] the economy.”
“But it shows only 43% overall approval [of the current state of the USA] & 52% disapproval.”
“The 55% number is the President’s unfavorable rating. (Only 40% favorable. )”
I’m the Director of @GUPolitics & this graphic is incorrect.
The Battleground Poll shows 58% approval on the economy.
But it shows only 43% overall approval, & 52% disapproval.
— Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) April 11, 2019
Back at the beginning of April, they shared the announcement:
“Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, The Tarrance Group, and Lake Research Partners Relaunch the ‘Battleground Poll’—National Survey Will Measure Political Opinion and Civility”
“Initiated in June 1991, the [bipartisan] Battleground Polls have gained widespread media recognition as reliable bellwethers of national opinion and voters’ intentions.”
Elleithee was not alone in correcting the President and Fox News.
This graphic is totally wrong. The poll referenced gives you a 43% approval rating. The same poll says only 38% believe you deserve re-election. And the 55% figure refers to voters who have an unfavorable opinion of you. You’re boasting about a poll showing your unpopularity.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) April 11, 2019
Um, that poll has your DISAPPROVAL at 55%. https://t.co/M89zBwNuwO
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) April 11, 2019
Some were less kind in their responses.