April 12, 2019
On Monday, President Donald Trump’s approval, disapproval, and unfavorable rates were released to the public. However, a Fox Business reporter got the ratings mixed up.
This led to Trump posting the unfavorable rating thinking it was the approval one. The mishap led to many followers posting about the correct stats and mocking him.
A new Georgetown Battleground poll was released this week revealing the overall ratings from the public received by President Donald Trump. The document revealed that the president’s approval rating was 43 percent.
Trump’s disapproval rate was recorded as 52 percent and his unfavorable rating was 55 percent. On Wednesday, during an episode of “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” the host got the numbers wrong.
This led to Trump taking on Twitter on Thursday morning with the wrong statistics infographic from Dobbs. Once people picked up on the false rating that the president posted, they started sending in corrections.
Mo Elleithee, the executive director of Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service also addressed the false findings. He tweeted, “This graphic is incorrect.”
During his evening show, Dobbs also incorrectly called the false rating “robust.” Fox Business picked up on the mistake an issued an on-air correction on Thursday, but despite this, Trump’s tweet hasn’t been removed.
Their statement said:
“It’s been a quite [sic] start to the day for President Trump, though he did send out a tweet this morning from the Lou Dobbs show last night on Fox Business. That tweet featured a poll that was not entirely accurate, which Fox Business would like to correct.”
The message further stated:
“According to a poll from Georgetown University, 58 percent of respondents approved of the president’s handling of the economy. That portion of the graphic was right. However, the graphic also showed that 55 percent of the respondents approve of the president, that number is not correct. The 55 percent number was those who have an unfavorable impression of President Trump.”
Along with the false graphic, the president had written: “Great news! #MAGA.”
Trump’s current ratings are the lowest he’s ever gotten. With regards to immigration, 39 percent of respondents said they approved of how he was handling the issue while 58 percent disapproved.
The poll's results were based on interviews with 1,003 respondents from March 14 to March 17. The poll has a margin of error of 3.8 percent.