Donald Trump Confused Followers with His 55% Approval Rating That Actually Shows Disapproval
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.
I’m the Director of @GUPolitics & this graphic is incorrect.— Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) April 11, 2019
The Battleground Poll shows 58% approval on the economy.
But it shows only 43% overall approval, & 52% disapproval.
The 55% number is the President’s unfavorable rating. (Only 40% favorable.)https://t.co/a00b6ljiJl https://t.co/nntXuHaUKj
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.
Fox Business Network has now issued an on-air correction for the incorrect poll graphic the president screenshotted in a tweet this morning.— Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) April 11, 2019
Here's the vid (about 1m in) https://t.co/2K7PET8bmB
And here's the transcript: pic.twitter.com/9TvO6AQMyO
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.”
Here's the full clip of Lou Dobbs hyping Trump's "robust" 55 percent approval rating, which Trump tweeted this morning.— Adam K. Raymond (@adamkraymond) April 11, 2019
As @MoElleithee from @GUPolitics has pointed out, the poll actually shows a 55 percent unfavorable rating and a 43 percent approval rating. pic.twitter.com/iaRzzv1xUP
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.”
Apologies to you and @POTUS. We— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) April 11, 2019
incorrectly reported a Georgetown poll showed @realDonaldTrump’s approval rating at 55%; the number was actually 43%. The same poll found that the president has a 58% approval rating for the handling of the economy. #MAGA #AmericaFirst #Dobbs
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.