Trump Calls Out ‘Fake News’ For Showing Low Approval Ratings

Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

President Donald Trump called out political pundits Sunday morning for what he feels is misreporting of his presidential approval ratings and told viewers to turn off the television when they see such “fake news.”

“Rasmussen and others have my approval ratings at around 50 percent, 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,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

Rasmussen Reports presidential approval rating for Trump is higher, sometimes markedly so, than the likes of CNN, The Economist, Gallup, MSNBC and others. Rasmussen reported Friday the president had a 44 percent approval rating among “likely voters,” which is higher than Quinnipaic’s 38 percent or Gallup’s 39 percent approval ratings.

The president is referencing a late February Rasmussen poll that found roughly 50 percent of “likely voters” approved of how Trump is handling the presidency. The Daily Caller News Foundation compared that Rasmussen poll to a CNN poll that reported Trump’s approval rating was just 35 percent to see what accounted for a 15 percentage point disparity.

TheDCNF found CNN was likely oversampling Democrats and Independents, polling all adults rather than “likely voters” and sampling and methodology errors.

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