He may claim otherwise, but President Donald Trump remains unpopular, according to the latest polling figures released Monday.
Trump is famously focused on ratings, both those related to Americans' approval of his job performance and those for television viewers. Just this weekend he tweeted about his approval rating over the weekend, claiming it was much better than some would have you believe.
"Rasmussen and others have my approval ratings at around 50%, which is higher than Obama, and yet the political pundits love saying my approval ratings are 'somewhat low,'" the president posted. "They know they are lying when they say it. Turn off the show - FAKE NEWS!"
Now, not to anger the president but he's not exactly telling the complete truth with his tweet about his approval rating. (Luckily this is an article and not a TV show—the president's preferred medium for news—so you should feel no mandate to "turn off" or click out of this post.)
First, let's clear this up: the the most recent polling from Rasmussen Reports—a firm often tagged as right-leaning—had Trump's approval at just 44 percent, which is a long way away from 50 percent.
And if you take a look at the overall picture, Trump's popularity, or lack thereof, is much more bleak than the president would have you believe. The weighted average from data-centric website FiveThirtyEight had Trump at just 40.7 percent Monday morning. Granted, that is far from Trump's rock bottom—but it's still remarkably bad.
On day 414 of President Barack Obama's presidency (where Trump is now), for instance, the 44th president had an approval rating of 49.1 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight. Compared with every other president in the history of modern polling—dating all the way back to Harry Truman—Trump had the lowest approval rating of any commander-in-chief at Day 414. Gerald Ford is the only former president who was close to Trump's levels of support, and Ford was still more than three percentage points clear of the reality-TV-star-turned-president at 43.6 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Trump has, for the most part, hovered around the high 30s to low 40s in most polls and it will be interesting to see if that changes any time soon. If it does, it seems likely we'll hear about it from the president himself.