Trump Approval Rating At All-Time Low
President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dropped to an all-time low, according to a poll released Wednesday by an organization the president has publicly praised.
Wednesday’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports calculated Trump’s approval rating at 38 percent, with 62 percent of likely U.S. voters surveyed disapproving of the president’s job performance.
The poll also revealed that 25 percent of respondents strongly approve of Trump’s performance and 50 percent strongly disapprove.
Rasmussen has been denigrated by critics in the polling industry for its purported right-wing bias and questionable methodology, which includes conducting polls through automated phone calls and online surveys.
Since Trump was inaugurated in January, his approval rating has declined by 25 points in Rasmussen’s overall approval index.
Rasmussen’s numbers are similar to those obtained by several other mainstream polls, such as the mid-July ABC News/Washington Post poll which revealed a 36 percent approval rating for Trump — the lowest six-month ranking for any president in the past 70 years.
At the time, Trump reacted to the poll on Twitter, posting that the rating was “not bad” and noting that the poll was “just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!”
The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2017
Despite the criticism, Rasmussen’s predictions were more on-target than many mainstream polls in the 2012 and 2016 presidential races.
The president has often referred to outcomes in Rasmussen polls that he viewed as favorable to him, especially during the 2016 presidential campaign.
In June, he tweeted about his achievement of a 50-percent approval rating, noting that it was higher than former President Barack Obama’s numbers.
“The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating.That’s higher than O’s #’s!” he tweeted on June 18.
The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating.That's higher than O's #'s!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017
Trump has not issued a statement regarding the recent Rasmussen poll numbers, which are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis.