Matt Drudge issues rare tweet to mark Trump hitting 50 percent approval in poll
Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge posted a rare tweet on Friday touting President Trump hitting 50 percent in a daily tracking poll by Rasmussen Reports.
“Sound of the atom splitting… coming from Rasmussen, most accurate poll of ’16,” Drudge wrote to his 512,000 followers.
Drudge citing Rasmussen being the “most accurate of 2016” is in reference to the 2016 presidential election, when the polling firm says it was the closest of all major pollsters in predicting the election’s popular vote, pointing to final results posted by RealClearPolitics.
On its final poll released Nov. 7, the day before Election Day, Rasmussen had Hillary Clinton up 2 points on Donald Trump. Clinton won the popular vote by 1 percentage point, even though Trump beat her on electoral votes.
No other pollster tracked by RealClearPolitics came as close to the final results.
Rasmussen has been a consistent outlier since Trump took office, however, with the president sitting at 39.9 percent when averaging all major approval polls, including Rasmussen. The 39.9 percent does not include Rasmussen jumping from 47 percent on Thursday to 50 percent Friday.
Drudge has been relatively more active on Twitter since Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, primarily deriding Republicans on Capitol Hill for its slow pace implementing GOP legislative issues.
The 51-year-old Drudge always deletes his tweets a few hours after posting them. He doesn’t follow any accounts on Twitter.