Polls. We have a love/hate relationship with them and have PLENTY of reason to distrust them. After all, if polls were correct, Hillary Clinton would be President of the United States right now.
Thank GOD for inaccurate polls, amirite?
The latest WaPo/ABC poll is out, and it’s not good news for President Trump. According to the poll, Trump’s approval rating has dropped from 40 percent (in April) to 36 percent, and his disapproval rating has reached 58 percent.
Approaching six months in office, Trump’s overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent. Overall, 48 percent say they “disapprove strongly” of Trump’s performance in office, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and reached only in the second term of George W. Bush in Post-ABC polling.
WaPo only provides a bit of information on the sample size.
The Post-ABC poll was conducted July 10-13 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults reached on cellular and landline phones. The margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
But guess what? They over sampled Democrats again. I just heard this on Rush Limbaugh. Democrats made up 35 percent of the sample size, while Republicans only made up 23 percent. So OF COURSE the numbers are skewed. Democrats can’t stand Trump.
President Trump actually responded to this poll on Twitter.
The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2017
His son Eric responded to this poll by taking us on a nice trip down memory lane. It’s pretty savage, actually.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) July 16, 2017
Here’s the thing: These polls wouldn’t be a big deal if Trump didn’t make them a big deal. I– along with many other Trump supporters– couldn’t care less about these numbers. But they mean something to Trump. He does care. He wants people to like him, and when polls suck, it bothers him. Members of the mainstream media know that, which explains why they blow results up and turn them into huge stories.
I don’t think this approval rating is a big deal, but Eric is right. These polls have a history of inaccuracy, so take the results with a grain of salt.