Despite a consistently strong economy, ISIS on the run, all-time-low border crossings, and an impending major legislative victory in the form of tax reform, among other things, President Trump’s approval ratings still lag far below what they seemingly should be.
But anyone who wants to hammer Trump for that should take a look at the ratings of his 2016 opponent.
The latest Gallup poll, released on Tuesday, show Trump’s approval rating at an anemic 36 percent, interestingly tied with none other than Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee he defeated last year.
Hillary Clinton's favorable rating is down to just 36% — her worst in more than a quarter century of Gallup polling pic.twitter.com/k50w5tcdNh
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) December 19, 2017
Neither number is anything to be proud of, to be sure, but with all President Trump has had to deal with in the form of a hostile national press, it’s arguably a miracle his polling is as high as it is. Sarah Sanders said as much during Tuesday’s press conference.
“While the President and this administration has been very focused on how we can better help the American people, I think oftentimes the media is focused on other things,” said Sanders, claiming that “90 percent of the coverage” of the president “is negative” while the press is “certainly not talking about the growing economy, certainly not talking about the crushing of ISIS, not talking about the creation of jobs.”
“If people were focused a lot more on those things in the media, I think that his numbers would be a lot higher,” said the White House press secretary. “We anticipate that they’re going to go up as more and more of these things continue to happen.”
Trump supporters may not get too discouraged over these types of polls. First of all, an approval rating is far different from whether or not a respondee would vote for a candidate. And as we know from recent history, Trump ALWAYS under-performs in the polls and over-performs at the ballot box.
Finally, to the Twitter observer who pointed out the fact that Trump is an “elected official” and Hillary is not…
Why would you take time to respond to this one tweet? It does nothing but highlight your bias. #HRC is not an elected official, the #POTUS is. Why are #trumptards and #GOP still so caught up on #HRC. Let it go!
— Third.Eye.Yogi.Bear (@NotUR_avg_bear) December 19, 2017
…one would think if America hated Trump as much as the media wants to say they do they would be pining for his defeated opponent, but obviously that’s not the case, despite the overwhelming bias of the national media.
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