President Trump falsely claimed on Tuesday that his approval rating among black Americans had doubled since the election.
“Unemployment for Black Americans is the lowest ever recorded. Trump approval ratings with Black Americans has doubled. Thank you, and it will get even (much) better! @FoxNews,” Trump tweeted.
Unemployment for Black Americans is the lowest ever recorded. Trump approval ratings with Black Americans has doubled. Thank you, and it will get even (much) better! @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2018
Trump sent the tweet shortly after a segment on “Fox & Friends” talked about the president’s approval ratings among black Americans.
“Believe it or not, through all this negative coverage, they did a survey of 600,000 people about how black America views this president. His numbers have actually doubled,” “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade told viewers.
A recent SurveyMonkey poll actually showed that Trump’s approval rating among black Americans has decreased, falling from 20 percent in February 2017 to 15 percent in December 2017, according to The New York Times.
The SurveyMonkey poll was then published in The Atlantic, which provided a further breakdown of the results.
Breitbart News then published a report titled: “Donald Trump’s support among blacks has doubled since 2016, amid racism claims,” which cited the Atlantic’s reporting.
The Hill notes:
“Among black men, Trump’s ‘2017 average approval rating significantly exceeds his 2016 vote share,’ admitted a January 11 article in the Atlantic by author Ronald Brownstein. ’23 percent of black men approved of Trump’s performance versus 11 percent of black women,’ said the article.
That score averages out to 17 percent, or twice the 8 percent score he was given in the 2016 exit polls,” the article from Breitbart reads.
It is inaccurate to just take the average of two genders and to compare exit polls to the results of a SurveyMonkey poll, the Times noted. Exit polls are conducted only among those who have just voted, whereas SurveyMonkey polls include a combination of people who are and are not registered voters.