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ABC, NBC Omit New Poll Showing Trump Approval Spikes to Record High

by | Feb 5, 2020

By Nicholas Fondacaro

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at Newsbusters.

Ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, Gallup, a polling service often cited by the media, released their latest findings that showed the President’s approval rating hitting a new record high of 49 percent (highest ever from Gallup), despite the impeachment trial. It was an inconvenient truth that ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News refused to report during their evening newscasts ahead of the address.

In fact, ABC News was so dismissive of the President’s standing, anchor David Muir suggested Trump simply “believes he has much to celebrate tonight,” before previewing the State of the Union.

In contrast, CBS Evening News was willing to admit the President’s approval rating had jumped. “Yet impeachment seems to be helping him. A new Gallup poll gives him a 49 percent job approval rating, the highest since he took office,” reported White House correspondent Ben Tracy.

Tracy also noted that the President did have some wins under his belt that he could tout, evening pointing out one of his honored guests. …

Fox News Channel’s Special Report also highlighted Trump’s improved job approval rating, with chief White House correspondent John Roberts recalling: “As it did with President Clinton, 21 years ago, impeachment appears to have improved president Trump’s standing with voters, a new Gallup poll has his approval now at 49 percent, his highest number ever in Gallup.”

Adding: “His approval among Republicans stands at 94 percent, while overall 63 percent of respondents approve of his handling of the economy.”

Roberts also shared this soundbite of the Vice President’s chief of staff, Marc Short boasting of other administration victories. …

ABC did note that the stock market was up today but attributed to positive news about China’s handling of the coronavirus and trade. And, as NewsBusters had previously reported, the networks were not usually keen on sharing Trump’s victories, particularly economic ones.

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