President Donald Trump’s job approval rating this week averaged across major polls surpassed that of his predecessor President Barack Obama at the same time eight years ago, giving some actual good news to Trump who is known to cite only conservative-leaning polls to bolster his image.
Trump’s approval rating on Wednesday was 44.3 percent, according to a Real Clear Politics average of more than a half-dozen major polls. That is higher than Obama’s average approval rating of 43.9 percent on September 18, 2011, by the same measure.
The 45th president’s average approval rating surpassed that of his predecessor on Monday and stayed on top for the next two days. Trump’s average approval rating on Monday was 44.1 percent compared to Obama’s 43.9 percent on September 16, and 44 percent on Tuesday compared to Obama’s 43.8 percent on September 17, 2011.
Here is a seven-day look at average approval ratings for Trump in 2019 and Obama in 2011:
- September 18: Trump 44.3 percent vs. Obama 43.9 percent
- September 17: Trump 44 percent vs. Obama 43.8 percent
- September 16: Trump 44.1 percent vs. Obama 43.9 percent
- September 15: Trump 43.9 percent vs. Obama 44 percent
- September 14: Trump 43.8 percent vs. Obama 44 percent
- September 13: Trump 43.3 percent vs. Obama 43.9 percent
- September 12: Trump 43.4 percent vs. Obama 43.7 percent
- September 11: Trump 43.1 percent vs. Obama 43.3 percent
Trump has not tweeted this week about achieving a higher average approval than Obama, whom he has continued to criticize. But on Monday, the day he came out ahead of Obama, Trump tweeted an image of himself with “50% APPROVAL RATING” attributed to the conservative Rasmussen Reports, which consistently rates him higher than other major polls.
“Thank you, working hard!” Trump tweeted, along with the hashtag #KAG2020 which stands for his reelection campaign slogan, “Keep America Great.”
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