Trump's Favorite Poll Shows Shrinking Approval Rating Amid Syria Decision, Impeachment Inquiry

A poll that President Donald Trump has frequently praised for its "accuracy" announced Wednesday that public approval of his administration appears to be diminishing in the wake of the impeachment inquiry and his decision to pull American troops out of Syria.

The October 24 edition of Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Poll showed a majority (54 percent) of likely voters disapprove of the president's performance in office, while 43 percent approve.

The poll further reported that 45 percent of Americans "strongly" disapprove of Trump's job performance, while 32 percent "strongly" approved.

The president has previously praised Rasmussen for what he has viewed as its precision and lack of bias, referring to it as "one of the most accurate" polls. He has also lauded his numbers in Rasmussen polls, often sharing them via social media.

Most recently, on October 17, he tweeted an approval rating from Rasmussen that gave him an approval rating higher than most other polls at the time—50 percent.


— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019

In fact, Rasmussen has typically rated the president's approval rating as being higher than other polls, as Trump himself has noted several times on Twitter.

In his references to Rasmussen's polls, the president sometimes praised the company for presenting the truth about his support among the American people, whereas other polls reporting that he was unfavorably viewed by most Americans peddled in "fake news."

On several occasions, Trump has flaunted his Rasmussen approval ratings by comparing them directly to those reported for his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

"Just hit 50% in the Rasmussen Poll, much higher than President Obama at same point," he tweeted on April 15, 2018. "With all of the phony stories and Fake News, it's hard to believe! Thank you America, we are doing Great Things." The president once again deemed the polling company a counterweight to "fake news" reports in August 2018.

The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating.That's higher than O's #'s!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017

.@Rasmussen_Poll just came out at 48% approval rate despite the constant and intense Fake News. Higher than Election Day and higher than President Obama. Rasmussen was one of the most accurate Election Day polls!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2018

New Poll: The Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in predicting the 2016 Election, has just announced that “Trump” numbers have recently gone up by four points, to 50%. Thank you to the vicious young Socialist Congresswomen. America will never buy your act! #MAGA2020

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2019

As of 1 p.m. ET on October 24, the president had not shared the most recent Rasmussen poll results on his Twitter account.

Evaluations of the accuracy of the Rasmussen polls have been mixed. While it was quite accurate in predicting a victory for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, CNN reported that it was among the least accurate polls regarding the outcomes of the 2018 midterm elections.

Rasmussen posts updates of its Daily Presidential Tracking Poll every weekday at 9:30 a.m.

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U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by Vice President Mike Pence (L) while making statement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House, on October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty