President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday and commented on a poll from conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports that shows his approval rating at 50 percent, ahead of where former President Barack Obama was at the same point in his presidency.
“Thank you to Rasmussen for the honest polling. Just hit 50%, which is higher than Cheatin’ Obama at the same time in his Administration,” Trump tweeted.
A recent CNN poll also indicated an uptick in Trump’s approval rating, climbing to a level not seen since the 100-day mark in his presidency.
“42 percent approve of the way Trump is handling the presidency, 54 percent disapprove. Approval is up 7 points overall since February,” CNN noted.
While the president boasted about the Rasmussen poll results on Tuesday, the White House has been dismissive of the ones showing lower approval ratings in the past.
“The numbers that we’re focused on have to do with actual problems that Americans are facing,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing in September. “The numbers that we’re focused on are the ones that actually impact day-to-day life for all Americans. That’s what we’re focused on; certainly not silly polls that, frankly, weren’t much use to us in the election, and, certainly, I don’t think are now.”