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Trump boasts on radio show that his approval rating is about 23 points higher than most credible polls estimate

President Trump called into New York City morning radio show Bernie and Sid in the Morning on Friday "in between North Korea and Iran and all of the other things going on," and proceeded to boast about how his approval rating is almost 23 points higher than any credible poll has put it at.

"A poll just came out now, Rasmussen, it's now 51 [percent]," Trump told the hosts, Bernie McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg. "They say that it's 51 but add another 7 or 8 points to it. That's almost embarrassing for me to tell you, because they don't want to talk about it, but when they get into the booth they want to vote for Trump."

In FiveThirtyEight's analysis of bias and accuracy of polls, Rasmussen Reports earns a dismal C+ grade — and that's without Trump's advised inflation. By comparison, other polls show Trump with the lowest approval rating of any modern president at this point in his term. Just 36 percent of Americans approved of his job performance a year after his inauguration, for example, as found by an A+ rated ABC News/Washington Post poll. Listen to Trump's comments below. Jeva Lange