Trump’s approval rating tweet has the internet searching for answers

President Donald Trump tweeted out several flattering poll numbers on Monday morning, but the internet is having a hard time figuring out where some of them came from.

“Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall,” the president tweeted. “This despite all of the made up stories by the Fake News Media trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible. Look at the real villains please!”

The president’s instance that he has a 52 percent approval rating has left many people online wondering where he got the polling data from.

Real Clear Politics, which tracks numerous Trump approval polls and calculates an average based on them, has Trump with a 43.6 percent approval rating.

It does, however, show the president with a 52.7 percent disapproval rating, essentially the same number he tweeted about the approval of his time in office.

No recent polls have Trump higher than a 46 percent approval rating, and Rasmussen—a polling firm that the president has routinely used to highlight favorable numbers—currently has the president’s approval rating at 46 percent.

Rasmussen has not had the president’s approval rating as high as 52 percent since mid-March.

A poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News released on Sunday said 44 percent of voters approve of the president.

Within that poll, it also found that 90 percent of Republicans approve of the president. So that part of his tweet is correct.

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Other people were aghast that Trump was tweeting about his poll numbers amid the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and a shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, which left two people dead.

Trump did tweet about McCain over the weekend.

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