Donald Trump’s approval rating at 25%, lowest of any incoming president in decades
When President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, he’ll be the most unpopular man to do so in decades, two new polls showed.
A majority of Americans — 54% — have an unfavorable opinion of the incoming president, a Tuesday Washington Post/ABC News poll showed. A second survey, conducted by CNN and ORC, reported that 52% of people do not approve of the way the President-elect has been handling the transition.
In each poll, just 40% of respondents said they view Trump and his transition team favorably.
Trump was quick to dismiss the polls.
The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls,” he tweeted Tuesday morning, pointing to pre-election polls that suggested Democrat Hillary Clinton would win. “They are rigged just like before.”
Previous president-elects have had much higher approval ratings ahead of their inaugurations. In 2009, when President Obama was entering office, 61% of Americans had favorable opinions of him, and 84% approved of the way he handled his transition.
Similarly, 60% of Americans approved of President George W. Bush’s 2001 transition into office — even though it came after a massive recount in Florida. About 67% approved of President Bill Clinton’s 1993 transition.
Additionally, just 44% of Americans said they believe Trump is qualified to even take the oath of office, while 52% said he’s unfit to be president.
According to the Washington Post/ABC poll, 61% of respondents said they expect Trump to do an excellent or good job handling the economy, and 59% said he’ll be excellent or good at creating jobs. Another 56% said they have high hopes for how Trump will tackle terrorism.
The incoming president did not stack up so well in women’s rights, race relations and healthcare expectations.
A majority — 61% — said Trump will do a poor or not good job of handling women’s issues, and another 57% said the same of how he’ll deal with racial issues in America. Meanwhile, 51% said they have low expectations of how he’ll handle healthcare.