The mainstream media—with The Hill as a noted transgressor—likes to write stories about how President Donald Trump's approval rating has reached another all-time low. It seems like almost every week brings a new article heralding the public's lack of faith in the POTUS.
The media especially likes to contrast President Trump with his "well-loved" predecessor, Barack Obama. However, as Newsweek reported, the two presidents have nearly identical approval and disapproval ratings in one national poll after their first year in office.
Rasmussen Reports' latest poll showed Thursday that Trump had a 46 percent approval rating compared to a 53 percent disapproval figure. President Obama received the same at the end of 2009.
Additionally, Rasmussen reported that 29 percent of Americans strongly approved of Trump's work while 44 percent strongly disapproved.
Conservative blogger and Trump proponent Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report was the first to point out the percentages.
“What about Obama at same exact date first year in presidency?? 46% APPROVE, 53% DISAPPROVE! ” Drudge tweeted Thursday morning.
In fact, according to Rasmussen, Obama polled at 46 percent approval and 54 percent disapproval on December 31, 2009. However, they also recorded that only 24 percent of respondents strongly approved of Obama’s work at the time and 42 percent strongly disapproved.
Currently, Trump’s average approval rating, according to RealClearPolitics’ composite, sits at 39.3 percent with 56.2 percent disapproving. The average overall, however, is higher with polls showing him above 40. Notably, NBC News/Wall Street Journal (41 percent), The Economist/YouGov (43 percent) and the Harvard-Harris poll (41 percent).
The media would like us to think that the American people hate President Trump—and that they loved former President Obama. The truth is not quite so cut and dry.
In other news, New York City's worst fire in over a quarter of a century just happened in the Bronx. Please pray for all those who died.