The US president claimed in a Tweet his support among African American voters is at 40% according to a Fox News Poll.
In a Tweet US president Trump wrote: “New Fox Poll shows a “40% Approval Rating by African Americans for President Trump, a record for Republicans.” Thank you, a great honor!”
New Fox Poll shows a “40% Approval Rating by African Americans for President Trump, a record for Republicans.” Thank you, a great honor!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2018
But there is no evidence of a poll that could back that claim up. The latest Fox News poll released on October 17th showed approval of Trump among all non-white registered voters was at 29%, and 47% approval among all registered voters. Aaron Blake from the Washington Post pointed out that the president may have been referring to a Rasmussen daily tracking poll from October 29th, which claimed 40% approval among black voters. A Fox News spokesperson confirmed that suspicion to talkingpointsmemo.com.
Rasmussen poll criticized
Political Science Professor Michael Tesler criticized the method used by Rasmussen in the Washington Post, writing about an earlier poll:
“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.”
That would be a staggering increase since Trump won only 8% of the African-American vote in 2016.
Trump may have read about the Rasmussen poll via Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock who mentioned it in an opinion piece on FoxNews.com and thus thought it’s been a “Fox Poll”.