Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on Wednesday presented his viewers with deeply-flawed polling numbers that overstated President Trump’s overall job approval rating and falsely suggested it was “soaring.”
President Trump enthusiastically shared the fake poll on Twitter, where it remains as of this evening despite several on-air corrections by the network.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2019
Dobbs, a fierce defender of the president, issued an on-air retraction Thursday evening.
Dobbs said that before he shared the latest poll on “radical Dimms [sic],” he “would like to repair” the incorrect information he reported the previous evening: his reporting of “a Georgetown poll showed president had an overall approval rating of 55 percent — the number, in fact, is 43 percent.”
Watch the correction below:
Before the correction, Mo Elleithee, the director of the institute at Georgetown, took to Twitter to correct the record.
“I’m the Director of @GUPolitics & this graphic is incorrect,” Elleithee tweeted. “The Battleground Poll shows 58% approval on the economy. But it shows only 43% overall approval, & 52% disapproval. The 55% number is the President’s unfavorable rating. (Only 40% favorable.)”
The poll of 1,000 likely voters was jointly conducted by a Democratic and Republican polling firm for the Georgetown Institute.
I’m the Director of @GUPolitics & this graphic is incorrect.
The Battleground Poll shows 58% approval on the economy.
But it shows only 43% overall approval, & 52% disapproval.
— Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) April 11, 2019