Saturday marked 100 days left until the 2018 midterm elections, and on Sunday, President Trump tweeted claims of enormous popularity:
Wow, highest Poll Numbers in the history of the Republican Party. That includes Honest Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. There must be something wrong, please recheck that poll!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
The president's hunch is correct: There is something wrong. Almost everything, in fact.
Though his phrasing isn't clear, Trump is likely referring to his own popularity among Republican voters — he has tweeted about this before — and he probably has in mind a June poll showing a 90 percent approval rating within the GOP. That is indeed high, but it is not a record: Former President George W. Bush polled higher shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
Of course, Trump is not up for election this year. The main prize to be won in national politics is control of the House of Representatives, which Republicans have held since the Tea Party election of 2010.
Democrats need to gain 23 seats to flip the House, and current polling gives them a slight edge to win. President Trump's national approval rating has stabilized in the low-40s; for comparison, President Obama's rating was around 45 percent when his party lost 63 seats in the first midterm race of his administration. Still, a word of caution: Most polling models predicted a Trump loss two years ago. Bonnie Kristian