President Trump kickstarted his weekend boasting of a 54 percent approval rating in an uncited poll.
“54% in Poll!” Trump tweeted before theorizing his approval could be much, much higher if it were not for mainstream media mostly working against him and a bureaucratic investigation that persisted the first half of his presidency. “I would be at 75% (with our great economy, maybe the best ever) if not for the Phony Witch Hunt and the Fake News Media!”
The figure would be several points ahead of the 46 percent all-time high approval rating, Axios reports citing Gallup’s May results.
“Gallup notes that Trump’s bump is likely due to good economic news — higher than expected GDP and jobs growth — and the administration’s interpretation of the Mueller report, which the president claimed exonerated him of allegations of collusion and obstruction,” Axios reports.
Should Trump’s 54 percent approval claim be accurate, the figure would put him just above the average presidential job approval rating of 53 percent, Gallup reports.
Despite routinely negative coverage from mainstream media outlets, President Trump does have much he can boast of amid his nearing three years in office.
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“President Trump’s pro-growth policies are unleashing economic growth and providing opportunities to workers across the country,” the White House reports.
Take a look at this list, from the White House:
- Due to President Trump’s pro-growth policies, real gross domestic product (GDP) growth exceeded 3 percent over the last four quarters.
- Real GDP grew at annual rates of 3.4 percent in the third quarter of 2018 and 4.2 percent in the second quarter.
- More than 5 million jobs have been created since President Trump’s election and the unemployment rate remains below 4 percent.
- This is the eighth time this year that the unemployment rate has been below 4 percent.
- Prior to this year, the unemployment rate had fallen below 4 percent only five times since 1970.
- The unemployment rate for African Americans in May fell to 5.9 percent, which is the lowest rate on record.
- Asian and Hispanic-American unemployment rates have reached record lows this year.
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- Initial weekly jobless claims have hit a nearly 50-year low under President Trump.
- Under President Trump, job openings outnumber the unemployed for the first time on record.