Donald Trump was up early on Sunday morning, presumably because it was Father's Day and the president was anticipating the patriotic displays of devotion from his ardent followers (or figuring out how to top last year's heart warming message).
So what was he actually doing up at 7am? Bragging about his brand new poll numbers that, at least the way he presented it, weren't catastrophic for the first time in a very, very long while. Gleefully, the president quoted a Rasmussen poll now has his job approval rating at 50%, and "higher than O's" (Obama's) numbers:
Unsurprisingly, virtually everything in the tweet was factually wrong or inaccurate. Reported Time Magazine:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking poll did show President Trump with a 50% approval rating on Friday, June 16 — the first time Trump had reached this high of an approval rating since April, the pollsters noted.
Other polls show Trump with much lower approval ratings than all of his predecessors, not just Barack Obama.
As of June 13, the Gallup daily tracking poll showed that just 36% approve of the job Trump is doing as President, while 60% disapprove. The poll provides daily approval ratings dating back to Harry Truman, and Trump is the only President to hit a 60% disapproval rating within the first four-and-a-half months of his presidency.
On Sunday, Trump also called Rasmussen "one of the most accurate polls" of the 2016 election, but they inaccurately predicted a Clinton electoral college victory — as many polls did.
In August 2016, Rasmussen Reports received a C+ overall from FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver. Gallup received a B-.
1. Obama's numbers were higher than Trump's.
2. The Rasmussen poll is not very reliable (it notoriously biased towards Republicans)
3. Other polls refute Rasmussen showing Trump has the worst approval ratings in history.
It is also worth noting than today, Trump's Rasmussen numbers are down to a 48% approval number. Of course he won't be tweeting about that.