Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump boasted on Twitter about having a 50 percent job approval rating, Monday’s latest Rasmussen poll shows that the president’s support among Americans remains under 50 percent.
“Rasmussen and others have my approval ratings at around 50%, which is higher than Obama, and yet the political pundits love saying my approval ratings are ‘somewhat low,'” Trump tweeted Sunday. But by Monday, Trump’s job approval numbers came it at 45 percent — inching up one point from 44 percent on Friday, which was his lowest Rasmussen rating since January.
While the president is correct that he recently reached 50 percent job approval in Rasmussen (on February 27), Trump’s approval rating has since steadily declined, dropping 6 percentage points in a little over a week, according to Rasmussen, a poll that often leans more conservative.
Rasmussen and others have my approval ratings at around 50%, which is higher than Obama, and yet the political pundits love saying my approval ratings are “somewhat low.” They know they are lying when they say it. Turn off the show – FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2018
The president serves even worse in other major polls, including Economist/YouGov job approval poll that has Trump at a 41 percent rating with a 51 disapproval.
Last week’s Quinnipiac University National Poll also showed Trump at low approval levels among Americans, with just 38 percent saying they approve of the job he’s doing in the White House and 56 percent disapproving.
Trump’s approval remains historically low when compared to his presidential contemporaries. The president currently sits with a 39 percent approval rating, according to Gallup, which has been tracking presidential approval since the 1970s. But at this same point in his first term, former President Barack Obama enjoyed a 48 percent approval rating.
Former President George H.W. Bush received a massive 68 percent approval rating during his second March in office, and 50 percent of Americans backed President Bill Clinton in March 1994.
Overal, according to the Real Clear Politics average of major presidential polls, right now 41 percent approve of Trump, while the majority (53.6 percent) disapprove.