Trump boasts after approval rating hits 50%, says it's higher than 'Cheatin' Obama'


President Donald Trump celebrated a poll that showed an upswing in his job approval rating by bashing his predecessor as “Cheatin’ Obama” on Twitter on Tuesday.

“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.

Trump frequently cites Rasmussen, a right-leaning polling firm that consistently ranks Trump’s approval higher than other polling firms.

Based on Rasmussen’s historical numbers, Trump now sits ahead of Obama, who was at 46% at this point in his presidency. Monday marked the first time Trump’s approval rating his risen above Obama’s when controlled for time.

Otherwise Trump has had historically bad job approval, but enjoyed solid support relative to his opponents. Both the news media and Congress hold lower job approval than Trump, and consistently have.

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