Just two days before the New Year, Donald Trump is still spreading falsehoods to the American people. While the rest of us prepare to turn over a new leaf in the New Year, Trump is still concerned about one thing – President Obama.
On Friday, Trump took to Twitter to boast about his “so-called” low approval rating, which he claimed was “approximately the same as” President Obama’s rating from ’09.
“While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, @foxandfriends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017, was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009, which was 47%….and this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!” he wrote. Problem is, Russia was not a hoax and his approval rating is not catching up to his predecessor’s.
In fact, according to CNN, Trump’s historically low approval rating has been lower than nearly all of his predecessors, including Obama, since the very first day of his presidency, across almost every reputable poll.
The publication cites Gallup’s daily tracking polls, which shows a three-day rolling average and weekly averages of approval and disapproval ratings of the sitting president. In 2009, Obama’s approval rating was 51%, while his disapproval rating sat at 43%. However, Trump’s approval rating came in at 38% percent, with his disapproval rating at 56%. Although it’s clear that Trump may not be the brightest of the bunch, there is still a 13-point gap between the two ratings. The weekly poll is nearly identical, as are several other polls among all adults in mid-December.
So, No! Trump’s approval rating is not “approximately the same as” President Obama’s. However, in an effort to boost the Celebrity-in-Chief’s ego, he did make history this month, doing something his predecessor has never done before. According to CNN, Trump has had the “worst approval rating at the end of his first calendar year in the White House since the dawn of modern polling.” Congratulations!