President Donald Trump posted a tweet Thursday celebrating his poll numbers as shown in a Fox Business graphic.
But there was a problem: the 55% approval number the graphic cited was actually the president’s unfavorable rating.
“Great news! #MAGA,” the president tweeted along with a screenshot from “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” The graphic read “Trump’s soaring approval,” which was above statistics that read “55% overall” and “58% economy.” It cited Georgetown Politics as the source.
The latter number was correct. The first Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Policy “Battleground Poll” for the 2020 presidential election found that 58% of voters approve of his handling of the economy. But the graphic implied his job approval rating was 55% when the poll actually found that only 43% approved of the job he is doing and 52% disapproved.
The poll, which surveyed 1,000 “likely voters,” also presented people with a list of names and asked them to say whether they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person. Forty-one percent of the respondents had a favorable impression of Trump, while 55% said they had an unfavorable one. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, had a 37% favorable rating and a 53% unfavorable one.
Mo Elleithee, the Georgetown University politics institute director, pointed out the error on Twitter.
“I’m the Director of @GUPolitics & this graphic is incorrect,” Elleithee tweeted. “The Battleground Poll shows 58% approval on the economy. But it shows only 43% overall approval, & 52% disapproval.”
Elleithee added that the “55% number is the President’s unfavorable rating. (Only 40% favorable.)”
A summary of the poll’s findings by Republican pollsters Ed Goeas and Brian Nienaber did not indicate the numbers were something for Trump to celebrate.
“Never before in modern day politics have we seen a presidential nominee of either political party with an unfavorable rating over 50%,” they said.
The poll was conducted from March 31 to April 4 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%.
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