Fact check: Donald Trump Jr's claims about presidential approval ratings

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Donald Trump Jr. shared an apparent screen shot from CNN on his Instagram account comparing President Donald Trump’s approval rating with that of his predecessor, Barack Obama. On August 3, he also retweeted a tweet claiming Trump’s approval rating was at 50 percent. The Instagram post has since been deleted, but a screen grab is shown below.

Screen grab of Donald Trump Jr's Instagram post
Screen grab of Donald Trump Jr’s Instagram post


Did CNN really show Trump’s approval rating at 50 percent?

Fact check: False. The screenshot shows CNN took its figures from pollsters Gallup, but statistics published by that group show Trump’s approval rating consistently below 50 percent, and closer to 40 percent on the day in question.

CNN’s website is carrying the original video from which the screenshot was taken. The video shows Trump’s approval rating at 40 percent, suggesting the image that Trump Jr shared was edited to display inaccurate figures.

This was first noted on Twitter by Alex Kaplan, a researcher for Media Matters for America.

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