Donald Trump’s Popularity Lowest of any President in Decades


President-elect Donald Trump has some of the lowest approval and popularity numbers according to new polls released on Tuesday.

An ORC/CNN poll showed that 40% of Americans approve of the way he was handling the transition period as he approaches Friday inauguration.  This is the lowest in America’s history.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals that he is the least popular incoming president in the last forty years.

Donald Trump used his favourite social medium to respond to the polls, stating that the polls failed to predict his win over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.  He tweeted, “The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls. They are rigged just like before,”

Turbulent Transition

Throughout the transition period Trump has faced allegations of Russia links and come into dispute with his own intelligence agencies.  Add to this a longer than average search for cabinet positions, conflicts of interests, media conflicts, and Russia holding compromising material on him albeit unsubstantiated.

He has also hit out at a range of people on Twitter including Meryl Streep and the CIA.

The CNN poll puts Trump twenty points behind his three most recent predecessors for the transitional period and over 44 points behind Barack Obama.

George W. Bush had an approval rating of 61%, Bill Clinton 67% and Barack Obama had 84%.  This makes Trump the most popular incoming president since Jimmy Carter in 1977.

The polling numbers for Trump’s capabilities are not the best either.  The Washington-ABC post said that 48% believed he was qualified while 52% believed he wasn’t.

Things only get worse for Donald Trump when respondents were asked will he make the right decisions for the country, only 38% believe he will, and 61% believe he will not.

The CNN/ORC poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%, while the Washington Post-ABC poll has a margin of error of 3.5%.