Trump touts job rating in one poll, while another shows drop


President Trump talked up the findings of a new Rasmussen poll — even as another showed a drop in his standing among voters.

“Just hit 50% in the Rasmussen Poll, much higher than President Obama at same point. With all of the phony stories and Fake News, it’s hard to believe! Thank you America, we are doing Great Things,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

A weekly Rasmussen poll released Friday put the commander-in-chief just one point above the 49% of voters who approved of Obama at the same point in 2010.

But an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday found Trump’s approval rating dropped four points in the last month to 39%, with another 57% disapproving.

His standing fell in nearly every category among the 900 adults — including 720 registered voters —polled between April 8 and 11. Adults ages 18 to 34 were the only subgroup to see an increase over the last month, rising five points to 36%.

The poll offered other bad news for the Republican, as 47% said they’d prefer a Democratic Congress to hold the President accountable. Forty percent said they want Republicans to continue running the legislature.

While that’s down three points from March, the pollsters noted enthusiasm for Democrats is high ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

“You don’t see knockout numbers here in April,” Bill McInturff, a Republican tallier who conducted the poll along with Democratic expert Peter Hart, told NBC News. “You see problematic numbers” for the GOP.

Voters were divided, however, on what guilty pleas and indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s sweeping Russia probe meant for the President.

The legal maneuvering has led 37% of those polled to believe Trump may have committed a crime himself. Mueller’s team has reportedly told Trump’s lawyers the President is the subject but not a target of the wide-ranging probe, and has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Another 25% believe the criminal charges and guilty pleas by others don’t extended to the President, while 36% haven’t reached a decision.