Trump incorrectly claims that approval among black Americans has doubled

Trump incorrectly claims that approval among black Americans has doubled
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President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE incorrectly claimed in a tweet this week that his approval rating among black Americans had doubled.

"Unemployment for Black Americans is the lowest ever recorded. Trump approval ratings with Black Americans has doubled. Thank you, and it will get even (much) better! @FoxNews," Trump said.

His comments came after a segment on "Fox & Friends" during which co-host Brian Kilmeade talked about the president's approval ratings among black Americans.


“Believe it or not, through all this negative coverage, they did a survey of 600,000 people about how black America views this president. His numbers have actually doubled,” Kilmeade said.

But polling conducted by SurveyMonkey showed Trump's approval rating among black Americans has decreased. 

In February 2017, Trump's approval among black Americans was at 20 percent, but in December, it was at 15 percent, according to the polling, which was provided to The New York Times.

The SurveyMonkey results were further broken down in a report published in The Atlantic. It found that 23 percent of black men and 11 percent of black women approved of the president.

Breitbart News then published a report titled: "Donald Trump's support among blacks has doubled since 2016, amid racism claims."

In the article, Breitbart cites the Atlantic's reporting. 

"Among black men, Trump’s '2017 average approval rating significantly exceeds his 2016 vote share,' admitted a January 11 article in the Atlantic by author Ronald Brownstein. '23 percent of black men approved of Trump’s performance versus 11 percent of black women,' said the article. That score averages out to 17 percent, or twice the 8 percent score he was given in the 2016 exit polls," the article from Breitbart reads.

It is inaccurate to just take the average of two genders and to compare exit polls to the results of a SurveyMonkey poll, the Times noted.

Exit polls are conducted only among those who have just voted, whereas SurveyMonkey polls include a combination of people who are and are not registered voters.

Trump in recent days has faced accusations of racism after reports that he referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "shithole countries."

Trump has denied that he is racist and has pushed back against the reports.