Trump Cites Fake Poll Claiming African-American Approval Rating Increase
Donald Trump recently took to Twitter to claim that his approval rating among African-Americans had increased, referring to a new Fox poll that was recently conducted.
“New Fox Poll shows a 40% Approval Rating by African Americans for President Trump, a record for Republicans. Thank you, a great honor!” Trump tweeted Sunday.
Trump Approval Today Back at 50%
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) October 29, 2018
However, it turns out that such a poll doesn’t actually exist. A Fox spokesperson told Talking Points Memo that the poll Trump is referring to is likely a Rasmussen poll that claimed his approval rating among black people was at 50 percent.
As Michael Tester, an associate professor of political science at the University of California at Irvine, wrote in the Washington Post: “polling firms that have interviewed far more African Americans, and that are much more transparent than Rasmussen, all show that Trump’s black approval rating is much lower than 36 percent.”
Think Progress notes that more credible polls like Gallup, Ipsos/Reuters, and YouGov/Economist show his approval rating with black people is likely closer to 10 to 15 percent.
Pharrell’s attorney Howard King sent out a cease and desist letter Monday calling on the president to stop playing the song “Happy” during his events. King claims Trump’s use of the song without consent constitutes copyright and trademark infringement.
“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” King wrote in the letter. “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”
Source: Talking Points Memo