On a Friday morning tweet, President Donald Trump claimed that he’s just as popular now as former President Barack Obama was at this point in 2009 — despite the fact that multiple polls say otherwise.
Trump based his boast on a “Fox & Friends” report that only cited one right-leaning poll to back up its claim — a poll that was released on Thursday by the Rasmussen Reports.
“While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, @foxandfriends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017, was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009, which was 47%,” Trump wrote. “And this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!”
In reality, Rasmussen is the only major pollster to have Trump’s approval rating as high as 46 percent.
An analysis of polling averages by FiveThirtyEight shows that Trump currently has an average approval rating of just 37.7 percent, which makes him by far the least popular president at the end of his first year by far. For comparison, Obama had an average approval rating of 49.6 percent at this point in his presidency, George W. Bush had an approval rating of 82.9 percent (following the 9/11 attack), Bill Clinton had an approval rating of 56.2 percent, and Ronald Reagan had an approval rating of 49.2 percent.
Similarly, a comparison of Trump’s average approval rating with Obama’s average approval rating on Real Clear Politics shows that Obama’s approval rating at this point in 2009 was 49.8 percent, whereas Trump’s average approval rating now is 39.3 percent.
Social media users were quick to set the record straight and, as expected, mockery ensued.
While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, @foxandfriends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017, was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009, which was 47%…and this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
You are taking Obama's lowest rating at the time and comparing it to your highest rating right now from Drudge.
I'm glad Fox is able to stroke your ego because America isn't doing it Mr. 32%
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) December 29, 2017
President has sexually assaulted 17 women and is still on office.
— Mal Malloy (@MalMalloyTweets) December 29, 2017
You’re the least liked president ever. Just Accept it already.#nicetrytrump
— val broeksmit (@BikiniRobotArmy) December 29, 2017
— Bookem' Dano (@danintampa) December 29, 2017
Haha…forever trying to catch @BarackObama Nice try buddy!
— GregLewis (@greglexlewis) December 29, 2017
Because Fox news is so well known for their honest news, but not really. The sycophants will tell you anything.
— Independent-me (@georgializ76) December 29, 2017
Stop comparing yourself to Obama or you will Never get from his shadow! You are a perfect example of money doesn't buy happiness!
— P-Rick (@P_Rick1974) December 29, 2017
Did your friends at the State sponsored news network also show that both Obama and Hillary are more admired than you?
— Bill I (@Bill_I_Cloud) December 29, 2017
Fox and Friends are paid to kiss your rear, Mr President, and your approval rating is low because you actively promote division
— Dan Herrero (@iamtheungulate) December 29, 2017
Since you are trying hard to compare yourself with Obama:
Obama's Christmas greeting is at 1.435 MILLION, yours is barely 200K.
— Woman In The Moon (@SassyKadiK) December 29, 2017
Really your source is @foxandfriends ?
That's like saying "my Mom said I'm cool"
— Ross Leslie, him with the kids and the autism (@RossLeslieGuy) December 29, 2017
Your live tweeting of an entertainment show every morning is truly pathetic.
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) December 29, 2017
Don't you have some golf to play? Is it raining? Like you, Fox & Friends just makes things up. Like you, they have no regard for the truth.
— Susan Wood (@susanqwood) December 29, 2017
Poor Donald. Once again he Falls behind in the Most Admired Man to Barack Hussein Obama! Ha ! Ha ! As for your other ratings…. your leadership skills SUCK ! You should be Learning from Obama! He was a Stellar Leader ! Every time you say Fake you sound like a FOOL
— ojodio (@ojodio_jodi) December 29, 2017
When you quote @foxandfriends I just laugh and walk away.
— Gone Rogue! BRB (@GoneRogueBRB) December 29, 2017
Dumbalina, you are citing a poll that consistently polls at +10 for Republicans.
If you can’t even beat Obama in that one, you probably want to stick a sock in it.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) December 29, 2017