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Days Before Inauguration, Trump’s Approval Rating Plunges to Historic Low

With just a little over a week before his inauguration, Donald Trump is facing a record-low approval rating for a President-elect.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut — a respected political polling organization — found that just 37 percent of Americans surveyed approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his responsibilities as President-elect. 51 percent disapprove. His approval rating was just 31 percent for young voters aged 18-34, and 36 percent for voters aged 35-49.

When respondents were asked if Donald Trump would be a great, good, not so good, or bad president, only 12 percent of those asked said he would be “great,” with “bad” coming in as the most popular choice at 32 percent. Additionally, 45 percent of those surveyed they feel “less safe” with Trump as president.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence isn’t faring much better. According to the poll, only 37 percent of voters approve of the outgoing Indiana governor.

Conversely, President Obama is leaving office with one of his highest approval ratings in the 8 years he’s been in office. 55 percent of voters polled by Quinnipiac say they approve of the job he’s doing as president, with 39 percent disapproving. 60 percent of young voters approved of the outgoing president, along with 57 percent of voters between ages 35 and 49.

“President Barack Obama leaves the White House a lot more popular than Donald Trump is as he crosses the threshold and saddles up for the most important job in the world,” said Quinnipiac poll assistant director Tim Malloy.

“President-elect Trump gets points for strength and intelligence, but voters’ feelings about his personality traits, empathy, leadership and level-headedness, are headed south,” he added.

Donald Trump is one of the least popular presidents-elect in modern history. His 37 percent approval rating is far lower than the 72 percent approval rating Barack Obama enjoyed in December of 2008, and George W. Bush’s 50 percent approval rating in January of 2001. Bill Clinton had a 62 percent approval rating in January of 1993, and George H.W. Bush enjoyed 65 percent favorable rating in March of 1989, just a month and a half after his inauguration, according to CNN.

Quinnipiac University released the scientific poll of 899 voters nationwide on both landline and cell phone, which was conducted between January 5-9 (before the #GoldenShowers report).


Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Follow his work on the Public Banking Institute blog.

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