PolitiFact: Donald Trump Wrong on Reagan Comparison

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- As voters head to the polls in New York, WINK News looks closer at a possible match-up of the current front-runners, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Clinton tops trump in at least six recent national polls.

During a speech in New York last week, Trump compared himself to Ronald Reagan who famously came from way behind to beat Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election.

“I haven’t even started on Hillary, and my numbers are better right now than Ronald Reagan’s numbers were with Jimmy Carter,” Trump said.  “Ronald Reagan had a 30 (percent) favorability and he was behind Jimmy Carter by so much everybody said, ‘Oh, this is going to be a disaster.’ ”

Our team of independent researchers at PolitiFact rate the claim FALSE on the Truth-o-Meter.

They looked at eight polls from March and April of 1980.  On average, Reagan was five points behind Jimmy Carter.

According to polls from March and April of 2016, Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump is more than twice that.

PolitiFact also looked at favorability polls and found overall that the ultra-conservative Reagan was “not nearly as polarizing a figure as Donald Trump is today.”

To view the polling data and read the entire fact-check, click here.





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