Accuracy in Media

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have soared above his typical 35-to-40 percent average. On September 16, the president was the first to tweet an image of him stepping off Marine One with a 50 percent approval rating from Rasmussen Reports. In the tweet, he thanked his followers and supporters and said, “working hard #KAG2020.”

Two days later, Trump tweeted a picture from his recent New Mexico rally with a 51 percent approval rating sourced from Rasmussen Reports.

According to NewsMax’s article on Trump’s approval, “the 45th president’s average approval rating surpassed that of his predecessor [President Obama] on Monday and stayed on top for the next two days.”

On Wednesday, Trump’s approval rating was 44.3 percent, according to a Real Clear Politics average of more than a half-dozen major polls.

According to Newsmax, “that is higher than Obama’s average approval rating of 43.9 percent on September 18, 2011.”

According to the Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll, Trump currently remains at 51 percent, while Obama was at 45 percent on the same day, one year before his re-election in 2012. Trump has continued to hold a very competitive approval rating in comparison to his predecessor.

The mainstream media continues to highlight when Trump’s approval poll numbers start to slip. For instance, CNN wrote an article last week stating, “Trump approval rating slips amid recession and trade war concerns.”

Chris Matthews’ Hardball showed a video of Trump’s approval poll numbers slipping while his disapproval numbers increased. In a recent Google search the only time CNN or MSNBC has reported the president’s poll numbers increasing was seldom and pertained to the strong economy.

Despite the lack of coverage from CNN, MSNBC and various other media organizations, Trump’s economic approval rating has also been “consistently significantly higher than Obama’s was around this time period of each man’s respective first terms, probably because the Trump economy has been markedly stronger than the Obama economy, across numerous key metrics.”

According to Rasmussen Report’s website, “now that Gallup has quit the field, Rasmussen Reports is the only nationally recognized public opinion firm that still tracks President Trump’s job approval ratings on a daily basis.”

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