Even though they contained “some very positive info,” President Donald Trump on Monday decried a set of polls released over the weekend as “fake news” conducted by media outlets whose polling about last year’s presidential election had proven incorrect.
“The two fake news polls released yesterday, ABC & NBC, while containing some very positive info, were totally wrong in General E. Watch!” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning.
Topline numbers in both polls showed Trump with poor approval numbers: 54 percent of those polled by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal said they disapproved of his performance as president so far, while 53 percent said the same in the survey released by ABC News and The Washington Post. Just 40 percent and 42 percent of poll respondents said they approve of his job performance thus far, respectively.
Different numbers from NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, including the share of respondents who feel Trump is honest and trustworthy, those who feel he is effective and getting things done, and those who feel he is changing the culture of Washington are all trending downward relative to a survey released in February.
But as Trump noted, the polls were not without good news for the president. The ABC/Washington Post poll showed that Trump would win a rematch of the 2016 election, with 96 percent of respondents who voted for him in November saying they would do so again compared to just 85 percent who said the same of Clinton. The ABC/Washington Post poll additionally indicated that if the 2016 race were run again, Trump could possibly win the popular vote, which he lost to Clinton last November.
In the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, more than 60 percent said they supported the president’s decision to order missile strikes against the Syrian government in retaliation for its utilization of chemical weapons against a rebel-controlled region of its own nation.