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Post-Election Poll: Trump’s Popularity Rising Quickly

Monday, November 21, 2016 11:04
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…here comes another poll. And insofar as we can still take polls seriously, this one from Politico says that Donald Trump has gotten a huge popularity boost from being elected the next president of the United States. Trump, who suffered from the worst unfavorable ratings of any presidential contender in history, may see a path here to becoming what few of his predecessors have been: a president the entire country can be proud of.

According to the poll, 46% of voters now have a favorable view of President-elect Trump. 46% still have a somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable view of him. This is still a big improvement over the last Politico poll, where Trump only had the favorable view of 37% of voters.

“Trump’s favorability among voters has reached new highs since he became president-elect,” said pollster Kyle Dropp. “This honeymoon phase in common for new presidents. For example, Obama saw about a 20 point swing in his favor following the 2008 election.”

Dropp said the poll also showed that the majority of voters were not concerned about Trump’s transition into the presidency. While the media is treating the transition as a historical aberration wrought with controversy, 53% of voters think it’s being handled at least as well as prior transition efforts.

“About half say Donald Trump’s presidential transition is as organized or more organized than previous administrations, whereas about one in three describe it as less organized than past transitions,” said Dropp.

How many voters can be honest and say they have no earthly idea how a presidential transition process is supposed to go unless their chosen media outlet tells them? One in ten? Less?

Regardless, those favorability numbers demonstrate that Trump has plenty of room to grow throughout his presidency. Yes, a good many liberals are going to dig their heels in, but Trump’s unique charisma and his infectious enthusiasm for America could eventually sway the ones who are sitting back saying, “All right dude, it’s your ball, show us what you’ve got.” As long as those qualities are married to real results, of course.

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