WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump claimed that he is the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party.
- In an interview on Thursday, Trump told The Sun he beat President Abraham Lincoln in popularity.
- The president, however, did not mention what poll he was referring to.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday about a recent poll that was out regarding him as “the most popular Republican in [the] history of the Party.”
“New Poll says Trump, at over 90%, is the most popular Republican in history of the Party. Wow!” the president tweeted.
Reviewing previous polls, he only beats Gerald Ford in the most recent history. Besides, there was no poll yet at the time of Lincoln’s presidency so there’s no way to say that for certain.
But Trump told The Sun that he beat “Lincoln. I beat our Honest Abe.”
Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is currently at 88%, according to Gallup. That’s in comparison to 37% approval among independents and 9% among Democrats.
The latest Gallup data tie Trump’s highest approval in the Republican Party since becoming President in January 2017.
Trump is more popular among Republicans now than President Barack Obama was among Democrats at this point in his presidency, CNN wrote. Trump’s current rating among Republicans is higher than Obama’s 81% approval rating from the Democrats In July 2010.
In May 2009, however, Obama’s highest rating in his presidency from the Democrats was 93%—that is higher than Trump’s highest rating so far.
After reviewing Gallup’s historical trend line, Trump’s claim that he is “the most popular Republican in history (sic) of the Party” is not true.
George W. Bush had a 96% approval rating among the Republican party (July 2002), eighteen months into his Presidency, Bush’s approval increased after 9/11, giving him his highest rating among his own party through his two terms-an impressive 98% in October 2001.
President George H.W. Bush got an 83% approval rating in July 1990. But if we’re basing it on highest achieved approval rating at this point in his presidency, he received 94% only months earlier in January.
Gerald Ford was the only president who didn’t achieve an approval rating above 88% by July of his first year. That’s compared to all Republican presidents measured by Gallup—W. Bush, H.W. Bush, Reagan, Ford, Nixon, and Eisenhower.
According to CNN, the polling shows that Trump is very popular in his party. However, he’s just not the most popular Republican in the history of the party.