Trump Touts False Polling Graphic From Fox Business Saying He Has 55% Approval Rating
On Wednesday’s episode of Lou Dobbs Tonight, the Fox Business host and Trump favorite got those numbers wrong. And by Thursday morning, Trump tweeted about them.
“Great news! #MAGA,” he wrote alongside the incorrect infographic.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2019
The graphic incorrectly showed that 55 percent of the respondents approve of the president but the figure was actually his disapproval rating.
“This graphic is incorrect,” Mo Elleithee, the executive director of Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, replied.
I’m the Director of @GUPolitics & this graphic is incorrect.
The Battleground Poll shows 58% approval on the economy.
But it shows only 43% overall approval, & 52% disapproval.
— Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) April 11, 2019
“There’s a problem — it’s totally inaccurate. It’s false,” said Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe of the fake polling data.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 11, 2019
While Joe Scarborough accused Trump of spreading “fake news” since he has yet to delete the poll from his Twitter. “It does say something, that he’s shameless and he’s kept it up on his news feed, once again creating his own reality,” Scarborough said.
Fox Business issued an on-air correction Thursday.
“It’s been a quiet start to the day for President Trump, though he did send out a tweet this morning from the Lou Dobbs show last night on Fox Business,” Washington correspondent Blake Burman said on behalf of Fox Business. “That tweet featured a poll that was not entirely accurate, which Fox Business would like to correct.”
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