Trump's Approval 1 Year in Is Officially Higher Than Obama's


If you listen to the mainstream media, the Trump presidency has been a disaster. It’s nothing but scandals and incompetence, or so the talking heads claim.

Here’s a tip: Don’t listen to the mainstream media. It turns out that Donald Trump is actually doing fairly well with the American people. To the chagrin of the left, he now has a better approval rating than media darling Barack Obama had at this point in his first term.

According to non-partisan Rasmussen Reports, 49 percent of U.S. likely voters approve of Trump’s job performance as of Friday, Feb. 9.

That might not be the highest number in history, but contrary to the narrative of universal hatred of Donald Trump, the 45th president has better numbers than Obama.

“Since last week’s State of the Union address, Trump’s approval ratings have been running slightly ahead of where Barack Obama was at this stage of his presidency,” Rasmussen admitted.

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On Feb. 9 of 2010 — beginning his second year as president — Obama’s overall approval rating was only 47 percent, two points lower than Trump now holds.

To be fair, neither number is particularly stunning, but compare how the media portrays the two presidents.

Obama was a press favorite, seen as some sort of savior for race relations, the economy, and the country as a whole. Hope and Change, and all that jazz.

In contrast, it’s probably not an exaggeration to say that Trump has been attacked by the media more than any other president in recent history. Pundits didn’t even take his candidacy seriously and then saw it as their job to derail him once he won.

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The data backs up that view. A study by the Media Research Center found that the press coverage of President Trump has been not just slightly biased, but catastrophically slanted against him.

“But as the Media Research Center has been documenting all year, the media have approached the Trump presidency with unrelenting hostility,” stated the MRC.

“Our latest numbers show that coverage of Trump on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts in September, October and November was more than 90 percent negative.”

“In September, there were just 31 pro-Trump statements on the Big Three (ABC, CBS, and NBC) vs. 359 negative,” the Media Research Center elaborated. “In October, the number of positive statements grew to 41, while the negative statements swelled to 435.”

Let that sink in: While the media has hounded Trump endlessly, he has still managed to beat Obama’s popularity numbers. Just imagine what the polls would say if the press actually gave him a fair shake.

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Once again, the left and the mainstream media have underestimated the truly important voices: The American people. Biased journalists made the same mistake in the election, and haven’t seemed to have learned their lesson since.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.