Donald Trump treats polls the same way he does most everything else in life. He brags about anything that he deems “positive” for him or thinks he can take credit for, while slamming anything negative as “fake news” or blaming someone else for his failure.
He’s even tried calling some of the data within a poll “fake,” while bragging about other parts from the very same poll that were more favorable to him.
It’s comically ridiculous.
Well, just over a month ago, Trump sent out this tweet boasting about a Rasmussen poll that showed him with a 50 percent approval rating:
The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating.That's higher than O's #'s!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017
Ignoring the fact that a “president” being forced to brag about a 50 percent approval rating this early into their “presidency” is evidence of what a disaster their time in office has been, or that his approval rating wasn’t higher than Obama’s, the important part of this tweet is Trump’s own declaration that Rasmussen — a Republican-leaning poll — is, in his words, the “most accurate poll” out there.
That was the last time Trump’s bragged about his approval number. It’s easy to see why, considering his current approval rating in his favorite poll conducted from 7/26-7/30 is an embarrassing 39 percent, while his disapproval number is a jaw-dropping 61 percent. To make matters worse, only 26 percent Strongly Approve of the job he’s doing as “president,” while 49 percent Strongly Disapprove.
Keep in mind that he’s experiencing these pathetically low approval numbers all while enjoying the strong and growing economy he was given by Barack Obama. As I’ve said before, if the economy begins to sink even a little, his approval numbers are going to sink much further in a hurry. (The latest Gallup numbers are terrible for Trump as well, with only 37 percent approving of his “presidency” while 59 percent disapprove.)
It’s easy to see why we haven’t seen Trump bragging about his approval rating lately, considering its hovered at or below 40 percent for well over a month now — in every single poll.
What makes matters worse is that Trump’s humiliating approval numbers aren’t a result of a war, poor economic data, or some major piece of legislation that he passed that’s failing miserably. Those are the types of issues that often negatively impact a president’s approval rating.
For Trump, these historically low approval numbers this early into a “presidency” are all about his incompetence, mental instability, and the fact that he’s completely unfit to be this country’s “president.” It would be one thing if numbers such as these were “blips on the radar,” but they’re not. For the vast majority of his time in office, Trump’s approval numbers have floated around the high 30s to low 40s, with disapproval ratings in the mid to upper 50s.
No president in U.S. history has seen their numbers this low, this early on into their presidency — ever.
Though I would love nothing more than for someone to ask Trump what he thinks about his favorite poll, the one he called the “most accurate” of all polls, that shows six in ten Americans disapprove of the job he’s doing.