Jealous, as always, Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning claiming he is better than Obama – and Twitter punched back.
Trump appears to be losing it in the wake of mountains of stunning revelations the last few weeks – from the Stormy Daniels scandal to Robert Mueller’s increasingly successful investigation and several points between.
Trump threw another Twitter-tantrum Sunday morning, posting a round of whimpering tweets ending with the usual exaggeration and comparison to Obama.
“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.” They know they are lying when they say it. Turn off the show – FAKE NEWS!” he tweeted.
As one might expect, Twitter was quick to respond with several users pointing out that: “After the 2010 midterm elections, [Nate] Silver concluded that Rasmussen‘s polls were the least accurate of the major pollsters in 2010, having an average error of 5.8 points and a pro-Republican bias of 3.9 points according to Silver’s model.”
Nate Silver went so far as to publish an article in November 2010 for The New York Times analyzing Rasmussen‘s performance.
The 105 polls released in Senate and gubernatorial races by Rasmussen Reports and its subsidiary, Pulse Opinion Research, missed the final margin between the candidates by 5.8 points, a considerably higher figure than that achieved by most other pollsters. Some 13 of its polls missed by 10 or more points, including one in the Hawaii Senate race that missed the final margin between the candidates by 40 points, the largest error ever recorded in a general election in FiveThirtyEight’s database, which includes all polls conducted since 1998.
Moreover, Rasmussen’s polls were quite biased, overestimating the standing of the Republican candidate by almost 4 points on average. In just 12 cases, Rasmussen’s polls overestimated the margin for the Democrat by 3 or more points. But it did so for the Republican candidate in 55 cases — that is, in more than half of the polls that it issued.
It is also noteworthy that FiveThirtyEight‘s most recent pollster rating gave Rasmussen a C+.
Several Twitter users also pointed out that the latest Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll showed Trump’s approval rating well below “around 50 percent.”
In direct contradiction to Trump’s tweet, Rasmussen reported that: “The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.” [Note: “Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern”]
Continuing, Rasmussen reported that: “The latest figures include 30% of all Likely Voters who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.”
Even better, Rasmussen itself blew away Trump’s Obama comparison in his tweet. According to Rasmussen itself:
After what financial analysts are calling a much-needed correction in the stock market, confidence in the economy remains at or near record highs.
Yet even over a year after President Obama left office, a sizable number of voters – including most Democrats – remain convinced that he, not Trump, is responsible for the continuing economic boom.
A couple other noteworthy responses included:
- “Shut up, you big baby. All you do is whine. You’re the lowest rated president in history, you pay off porn stars with campaign finances, you’re a money launderer & you colluded with Russia. The entire world laughs at your stupidity. #CorrupyDummy”
- “So this morning your ego masturbation game is: “How Many Lies Can I Fit in a Single Tweet?”
However, the most hilarious response may have come from Trump supporter Frank from Florida who posted a tweet including his own poll.
“Do you approve of the job @POTUS has done so far? Retweet and let’s #poll ourselves!” he tweeted.
— 🇺🇸Frank from Florida🏖🏝☀️🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@RealFrankFromFL) March 11, 2018
Hilariously, that backfired, as the results at the time of publication of this article showed an approval rating of only 21% and a disapproval rating of 79%.
WHOOPS! LOL LOL