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Donald Trump In A Hole Before He Starts

January 17, 2017

The numbers for Donald Trump are dismal.

Trump enters office as the most unpopular of at least the last seven newly elected presidents.  That finding comes from a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.  But the bad news for Trump does not end there.

Forty percent of Americans in the national survey approve of the way Trump has handled the transition, BUT THAT is half as many as the 80 percent who approved of Barack Obama’s preparations to take office.

Lets dig down a little farther and as we do we find things do not get any better.

Trump also trails George W. Bush (72 percent transition approval), Bill Clinton (81 percent) and George H.W. Bush (82 percent) on this measure.

Then there is another way to gage Trump with others who held the office.  Just 40 percent approve of most of Trump’s cabinet choices — trailing his four predecessors by anywhere from 19 to 26 percentage points!

Just 40 percent see Trump favorably overall. That’s 21 points behind Obama’s departing favorability rating (his best since November 2009) and by far the lowest popularity for an incoming president in polling since 1977.  Previous start-of-presidency favorability ratings have ranged from 56 percent for George W. Bush to 79 percent for Obama.

For a man who cares about poll numbers–as we know Trump does—this must be galling.

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