More Americans approve of President-elect Donald Trump than ever before, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll published Monday reveals.
Forty-six percent of all voters now hold a favorable view of Trump, compared to 12 percent of respondents who hold an unfavorable opinion, and 34 percent who hold a very unfavorable opinion.
Interestingly, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is also up in the poll. He earned a 54 percent approval rating, compared to 43 percent who disapprove of the job he is doing in the White House.
“Trump’s favorability among voters has reached new highs since he became president-elect,” Morning Consult co-founder Kyle Dropp wrote in the accompanying statement.
“This honeymoon phase in common for new presidents. For example, Obama saw about a 20 point swing in his favor following the 2008 election.”
Voters appear to be impressed with Trump’s handling of the presidential transition, with 19 percent of respondents reporting they felt Trump was doing a better job than other president-elects in the past, and 34 percent of respondents reporting they felt the transition was on par with other transitions in the past.
“About half say Donald Trump’s presidential transition is as organized or more organized than previous administrations, whereas about one in three describe it as less organized than past transitions,” said Dropp. “Many of the initial transition picks including Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions are still largely unknown to Americans.”
A Pew Research poll also released Monday revealed that 96 percent of Trump supporters in the poll were “hopeful” about Trump’s administration, compared to only 7 percent of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton supporters. Ninety percent of Clinton supporters claimed they were uneasy about Trump’s win.
Morning Consult polled 1,885 registered voters in the poll, for a margin of error of 2 percentage points in either direction.
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