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Trump tells voters to ignore his low approval ratings

(AFP) – US President Donald Trump says he is more popular than his predecessor Barack Obama and American voters should ignore polls that report him having low approval ratings.

Trump took to his twitter account on Sunday to claim that, unlike what Democratic-leaning media claim, he had an approval rating of around 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,’” he wrote.

“They know they are lying when they say it. Turn off the show – FAKE NEWS!” the Republican president added.
The claim was proven wrong as Rsmussen’s official website put Trump’s approval rating at 44 percent, 6 points less that what the president had claimed.

In late February, a CNN poll found that some 35 percent of US voters approved of the job Trump was doing, five percent less than January, when strong economic outlooks bumped up Trump’s numbers.

Trump’s approval rating, according to the CNN poll, was lower than his three immediate predecessors –Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — at the same point in their presidency.

The previous low was held by former President Obama, whose lowest first-year number stood 14 points higher than Trump’s, at 49 percent. Trump is 12 behind the previous low mark of 47 percent set by former Presidents Ronald Reagan in 1982 and Jimmy Carter in early 1978.

The new numbers matched his approval ratings in December, his lowest in a CNN polling since sworn into the White House in January last year.

Another recent poll by Politico/Morning Consult, released on Wednesday, brought more bad news for the president and his supporters by suggesting that currently, Trump would not be able to beat a generic Democrat candidate in a survey, let alone major names such as former Vice President Joe Biden and popular TV host Oprah Winfrey.

The poll showed Trump had a 36-percent chance for victory while a generic Democrat candidate stood a 44 percent chance.

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