Polls can mean a lot or very little, depending on who you speak to. But for someone who courts approval like President Donald Trump, polls assessing his popularity are extremely important.
Unfortunately for the President, he remains the least popular President in modern polling history. While other Presidents had historic dips in their popularity, Trump cannot seem to crack the 50 percent approval mark in anything but the admittedly conservative Rasmussen poll.
And even with Rasmussen, Trump only hit at or above 50 percent approval a few times since taking office and the majority of those occurred in the first weeks of his presidency in early 2017. But the President stated Thursday he knows why job approval eludes him, and it has nothing to do with Americans' approval of his job performance.
The President took to Twitter Thursday morning and posted:
"Without the phony Russia Witch Hunt, and with all that we have accomplished in the last almost two years (Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judge’s, Military, Vets, etc.) my approval rating would be at 75% rather than the 50% just reported by Rasmussen. It’s called Presidential Harassment!"
Without the phony Russia Witch Hunt, and with all that we have accomplished in the last almost two years (Tax & Reg… https://t.co/xiYu6TtgIO— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1544109467.0
@realDonaldTrump Ahahahahahaha. He believes Rasmussen. Who only poll landlines.— writtensquirrel (@writtensquirrel) 1544128872.0
However, even Rasmussen shows only a 49 percent approval rating for the President, with a November average of 48 percent which is down a point from his 2018 high of 49 percent. Rasmussen tracks daily results, so it is possible Trump hit 50 percent approval on a single day.
Other polls set the President's approval levels even lower. Economist/YouGov and Harvard-Harris show a 46 percent Trump job approval rating, Grinnel/Selzer shows 44 percent, Reuters/Ipsos 41 percent, Gallup 40 percent and IBD/TIPP only 39 percent job approval for the President.
People had their own thoughts on what might be driving Trump's poor poll performance.
And they shared them with the President directly.
@realDonaldTrump Do you have any idea of what a -presidential- president sounds like? I didn’t think so. See GHW Bush.— Diane Kauffman (@Diane Kauffman) 1544124814.0
@MDBlanchfield @realDonaldTrump No heart to cover.— Marc Workman (@Marc Workman) 1544125544.0
@realDonaldTrump Actually, we just call it "Accountability" in a Democracy.— nina eleanor alter (@nina eleanor alter) 1544125123.0
@realDonaldTrump The stockmarket got tired of winning... take a peak— SabinA (@SabinA) 1544124965.0
@realDonaldTrump I’m not quite sure exactly what you have done for the military or vets...same wars, no changes to… https://t.co/1CVNlmPg6H— Grant Ward (@Grant Ward) 1544125337.0
@realDonaldTrump Your tax law lost 15,000 jobs and 4 American auto factories. GM moved jobs overseas thanks to your brilliance.— Rhyon (@Rhyon) 1544124661.0
@realDonaldTrump I think what we citizens suffer at your hands is the real presidential harassment— Valerie Lucinda (@Valerie Lucinda) 1544125439.0
As well as thoughts on the "phony Russia Witch Hunt."
@realDonaldTrump the phony witch hunt has produced how many indictments?— Michael Bronner, LMHC (@Michael Bronner, LMHC) 1544124932.0
@bronnah @realDonaldTrump For all of you magats defending the Orange Stain; ALL of tRump associates have some conne… https://t.co/3fZLv9wNOV— There's A Monster On The Loose (@There's A Monster On The Loose) 1544127929.0
@kimmyblueeyes @realDonaldTrump Yes come continue to act as if you are above the law and be the most corrupt president in history.— Amy Hood (@Amy Hood) 1544126110.0
@realDonaldTrump #flynn #MuellerInvestigation https://t.co/csJbT4eHoj— Maxwellsilverhammer (@Maxwellsilverhammer) 1544125573.0
@realDonaldTrump And yet latest polls suggest 80% of the country favors Mueller and his investigation. And your app… https://t.co/pcERCBfZUk— Lawrence O Grey Jr (@Lawrence O Grey Jr) 1544125434.0
@realDonaldTrump Come on Donald🎺 ... Just for once stop being so modest about your achievements and above all else… https://t.co/RbpdpWyku0— The Burlington Files (@The Burlington Files) 1544125396.0
@realDonaldTrump Ooooohhhhhh....THAT'S the treason.. I mean reason.— Qgirl (@Qgirl) 1544128832.0
@realDonaldTrump #IndividualOne, When Mueller has already filled up almost 3 covens, it is not a witch-hunt. Sig… https://t.co/fp3OBRjVmG— jen (@jen) 1544129427.0
Sympathy for the President was lacking in the replies to his tweet from all but a handful of respondents.
@realDonaldTrump You couldn't get a approval of 75% if you were compared to Drunk Willie down on the corner.— Ronnie Price (@Ronnie Price) 1544128204.0
@realDonaldTrump #shitholePresident https://t.co/yENjPaFENx— ❄️Neverless ❤️❄️ (@❄️Neverless ❤️❄️) 1544128149.0
@realDonaldTrump Gallup has you way lower. Vets? How dare you! Your government has screwed vets over. Taxes? Breaks… https://t.co/oSpiWMhump— Corinne Scott Joly #PostcardsToVoters #Impeach45 (@Corinne Scott Joly #PostcardsToVoters #Impeach45) 1544129101.0
@realDonaldTrump Aww so sad https://t.co/fmqZwLujsg— Crystal Bailey (@Crystal Bailey) 1544129317.0
@realDonaldTrump But you never minded when other governmental leaders were harassed. Doesn’t feel so great, does it?— symphony chorus (@symphony chorus) 1544128510.0
The President failed to provide a link to the poll results that showed him at 50 percent approval and the Rasmussen website states only 49 percent approval. But the President did post this image to his Twitter feed.
Working hard, thank you! https://t.co/3SoWTkZjP6— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1544067142.0