President Donald Trump continues his crusade to make his supporters believe he’s a more popular President than Abraham Lincoln.
On Sunday morning, the President of the United States tweeted:
“Wow, highest Poll Numbers in the history of the Republican Party. That includes Honest Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. There must be something wrong, please recheck that poll!”
Wow, highest Poll Numbers in the history of the Republican Party. That includes Honest Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. There must be something wrong, please recheck that poll!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
Trump has been attempting to convince his base that he’s the most liked President in the history of his party. Last month the President told British tabloid, The Sun, “You know, a poll just came out that I am the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party… Beating Lincoln. I beat our Honest Abe.”
The highest Presidential approval poll on record for Trump was a July Gallup survey that found 90% of Republicans approved of Trump in June. However, George W. Bush had a higher approval rating during polls that occurred after the September 11 attacks.
Gallup reported in May 2008 that “Throughout his presidency, Bush has averaged 85% approval among Republicans, including a robust 92% his first term.”
What’s most puzzling is that Trump is attempting to compare himself to a President who wasn’t polled. Republican monitoring of U.S. Presidents didn’t start until the Truman administration.
Of course, these polls are highly subjective. Take for example a July 2018 Pew Research survey that found Obama, Clinton, and Reagan top the list of the president’s who have done the best job according to voters who lived through their Presidencies.