It’s not really a secret that Donald Trump isn’t a very bright person. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that he just bragged about a poll from very conservative-leaning Rasmussen showing him with an approval rating at 50 percent. He did so by retweeting an article from Drudge (a joke in its own right) that was seemingly bragging about this recent poll, then tweeting about it on his own shortly after.
There’s so… so much stupid here.
For starters, having an approval rating that low this early into any president’s first term is pathetic. In fact, bragging about a 50 percent approval rating — during any point in a presidency — is usually not a great thing. That usually means that rating had sunk to a rather abysmal level for some reason(s). So boasting about 50 percent of the country “approving” of you, you’re effectively admitting that your numbers have been much lower before this recent poll because most Americans didn’t think you were doing a very good job. However, when you factor in the reality that this number came from Rasmussen, a company that consistently polls higher for conservatives, then things become even more sad.
To put this number into perspective, during this same point in Obama’s presidency, his Gallup approval (a credible polling company) was 62 percent. For those who might be wondering, Trump’s current Gallup number is 41 percent. Which is actually up from the 35 percent it was just a few days ago.
If a president is bragging about a 50 percent approval rating from a very right-leaning polling company less than 100 days into their presidency, that’s a testament to how terrible they’ve been at their job.
To compare, here are Trump’s approval numbers from a few other recent polls:
- Marist: 39%
- Economist/YouGov: 43%
- CBS News: 43%
Keep in mind, Trump’s numbers are this bad even as he’s still enjoying the strong economy he was handed by the Obama administration. Meaning his numbers are actually inflated because of positive economic circumstances he was given from his predecessor. If his numbers continue to hover around the 40 percent mark, then the economy begins to tank, that’s when you’ll really see his numbers reach historic lows.
Though I’m sure if/when that happens he’ll call any negative poll “FAKE NEWS!” because as we all know, according to Trump, the only information that’s “real” is whatever he can spin into something positive for himself — everything else is “FAKE NEWS!”
For another point of reference to understand how awful these numbers are for Trump, George W. Bush’s last approval rating from Gallup was 34 percent — only 7 points lower than Trump’s currently is.
It’s important to remind everyone that when Bush left office we were shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs per month; still in the middle of two very unpopular wars; the terrible response to Katrina was still on people’s minds; the American auto industry was on the verge of collapse; banks were closing almost daily; and the country as a whole was experiencing the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.
Yet Trump’s approval rating is only 7 points higher than Bush’s was when all of that was going on — just let that sink in for a moment.
Less than 100 days into his administration, a time when most presidents are still in their “honeymoon phase” riding higher than normal approval ratings, Donald Trump’s having to stoop to bragging about a 50 percent approval rating from a very right-leaning polling company. It’s more proof of how much of a disaster and embarrassment his administration has been for this country.