Billionaire president-elect Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating of any recent president in the days awaiting his inauguration. Recent Gallup polling shows that just 48 per cent of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his transition – the lowest figure in its polling history. Its figures only go back to 1992, when President-elect Bill Clinton had a 67 per cent approval rating.
According to the Real Clear Politics’ polling average, which looks at all the polls on the subject, Trump’s approval rating stands at 42.7 per cent just eight days from becoming President. The controversial Republican lost the popular vote by 2.9m votes but managed to win certain key swing states in order to clinch the presidency. This may go some of the way to explain why his approval rating is 12 points lower than the outgoing President, Barack Obama. Obama’s current approval rating is 55 per cent, compared to the average of 48 per cent across his eight-year term.
Etc. By the end of his first year in office his approval rating will be lucky to reach 5%.