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Trump's Wild Polling Boast Just Came True

The GOP likes him better than Abe Lincoln
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2019 2:35 PM CST
A painting of President Abraham Lincoln is visible behind President Donald Trump as he speaks during a ceremonial swearing in ceremony for new Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, right, in the Oval Office...   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – President Trump's polling dream has become a reality. A new Economist/YouGov weekly survey says 53% of Republicans consider Trump a better president than Abraham Lincoln, compared to 47% for Honest Abe, the Hill reports. But across parties and independents, Lincoln still wins by a firm 75% to 25%. Maybe the Economist wanted to test Trump's 2018 boast to the Sun that he was "the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party. Beating Lincoln. I beat our Honest Abe."

What he meant was unclear, but at the time he also tweeted that "over 90%" of Republicans gave him a thumbs up, making him "the most popular Republican in [the] history of the Party. Wow!" That was nearly an accurate reflection of a Gallup poll that gave him a 90% approval rating among Republicans—making him the GOP's most popular modern president save for George W. Bush just after 9/11, the New York Times reported. (A recent poll finds a new order among Democrats.)

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