Trump: My approval rating is ‘7 or 8 points’ higher than what polls say
President Trump insisted on Friday that his approval rating is markedly higher than surveys suggest, and that voters will ultimately cast their ballots for him, regardless of what they tell pollsters.
“A poll just came out now, Rasmussen, it’s now 51,” Trump said on “Bernie and Sid in the Morning” on 77 WABC in New York.
“They say that it’s 5.1 but add another 7 or 8 points to it,” he continued. “They don’t want to talk about it, but when they get into the booth, they’re going to vote for Trump.”
Trump’s approval rating did, in fact, hit 51 percent in the conservative-leaning Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll on Wednesday. As of Friday, his approval rating sat at 47 percent.
The president has often appeared skeptical of tracking polls, but has more recently pointed to Rasmussen to tout his approval. His approval is typically higher in Rasmussen’s surveys than in other daily tracking polls, such as Gallup.
As of Friday, RealClearPolitics pegged Trump’s average approval rating at 41.5 percent.
Trump officials often point to his 2016 victory as proof that pollsters get the facts wrong. Trump won the Electoral College over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but lost the popular vote by some 3 million votes, in line with the margins predicted by national polls.
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