A new poll shows President-elect Donald Trump’s transition efforts so far have a much lower approval rating than the past three presidents over the same period.
The Gallup poll showed 48 percent of those surveyed approve of how Trump is handling his transition into the White House. Eight years ago, 75 percent approved of President Barack Obama’s transition. George W. Bush polled at 65 percent in 2000 and Bill Clinton had a 67 percent approval rating in 1992.
Part of the reason for the low numbers is that only 17 percent of Democrats approve of Trump’s transition compared to around 50 percent of Democrats who approved of Bush’s efforts, roughly the same percentage of Republicans who approved of Clinton’s and Obama’s transitions.
“Trump has a stiff challenge in winning over the public, given his low favorable ratings, which may have been a factor in him losing the popular vote,” Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones wrote in his analysis. “George W. Bush also took office having lost the popular vote, but he was a more well-liked figure and enjoyed solid public support during his transition phase and in the first weeks after he took office.”
Trump’s 46 percent approval rating among independents was also substantially worse than Obama’s 75 percent, Bush’s 59 percent, and Clinton’s 59 percent.
The president-elect got a 86 percent approval rating from Republicans, which was also lower than Bush and Obama, who both got a 93 percent rating from members of their own party.