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POLL: Trump’s Transition is Least Popular in Modern History

trump-10-e1464199689347A couple of polls that came out last week reveal that heading into his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump has a lot of room for improvement when it comes to how the American public views him.

According to a Gallup survey, only 44% of respondents approve of the way the incoming POTUS is handling his transition. Meanwhile, a majority — 51% — disapprove of Trump’s transition efforts. Last month, the public was split, with 48% saying they both approve and disapprove of the transition.

Even last month’s numbers were historically low. The last three presidents all scored fairly high marks with the public on how they handled their presidential transitions. Roughly a week out from when Barack Obama took office in 2009, 83% approved of the way he was dealing with the situation compared to only 12% who weren’t fans. 68% approved of Bill Clinton’s transition in 1993 and even 61% were fine with George W. Bush in 2001, which followed a contentious election that was decided by the Supreme Court.

Another poll conducted by Pew Research showed even worse ratings for Trump, with 39% approving of his transition process compared to 55% who felt negatively about it.

Both surveys were conducted largely before Trump’s press conference where he called a CNN reporter “fake news,” his criticism of civil rights hero John Lewis, and his Twitter attacks on Meryl Streep.

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