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Donald Trump Polls: President-elect’s Approval Rating Drops to 37 Percent

Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago on December 28th, 2016. (Getty)

Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago on December 28th, 2016. (Getty)

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows that over half of American voters disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job of president-elect.

In the poll released by Quinnipiac today, 51 percent of those surveyed said that they disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president-elect compared to 37 percent who said they approve. Meanwhile, this same poll shows that 55 percent of Americans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing compared to 39 percent who disapprove.

This comes one month after a Gallup poll showed that 48 percent of Americans approved of how Trump is handling his transition.

A plurality of voters, 45 percent, told Quinnipiac this week that they believe Trump will be a worse president than Barack Obama. Thirty-four percent said he will be a better president than Obama, and 15 percent said he will be about as good as Obama. In addition, 32 percent of those polled said that Trump will be a “bad” president, while 30 percent said he will be “good,” 20 percent said he will be “not so good,” and 12 percent said he will be “great.”

The percentage of Americans who believe Trump will be a bad president has risen since November; in a Quinnipiac poll from November 22nd, 26 percent said that Trump will be a bad president compared to 32 percent who said that in the latest poll.

Despite all of this, 52 percent of those polled this week said that they are optimistic about the next four years under President Trump, and a plurality – 47 percent – said that Trump will help the economy.

In addition to job approval, Trump’s favorable rating has gone down since November. In a November 22nd Quinnipiac poll, 46 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of Trump and 44 percent had a favorable view. Now, 51 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Trump while 37 percent have a favorable opinion. This favorable question has more to do with how those polled feel about Trump as a person as opposed to his job performance.

In terms of Trump’s cabinet, a plurality of those polled – 40 percent – said they disapprove of Trump’s appointments, while 30 percent approve of them. However, 28 percent said they don’t know enough to form an opinion.

Forty-five percent of those polled said that Trump being president makes them feel less safe, while 27 percent said it makes them feel safer and 27 percent said it makes them feel just as safe.

Finally, the idea that Trump should stop tweeting is a bipartisan one; 64 percent of those polled said that Trump should close his personal Twitter account.

Here are some of the other interesting findings from the latest Quinnipiac poll released on January 10th:

Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable or haven’t you heard enough about it?

Answer Percentage
Favorable 37
Unfavorable 52
Haven’t heard enough about it 6

Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable or haven’t you heard enough about it?

Answer Percentage
Favorable 33
Unfavorable 55
Haven’t heard enough about it 8

Do you think Donald Trump’s policies will help your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or won’t make a difference?

Answer Percentage
Help 27
Hurt 27
Won’t make a difference 42


Has President-elect Trump’s behavior since the election made you feel better about him as president, worse about him as president, or has it not changed your opinion of him as president at all?

Answer Percentage
Better 23
Worse 28
Opinion has not changed 47

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8 comments

  1. Once Written: So if this poll is unreliable, everyone loves him, right? This isn’t an election poll or an electoral vote poll. Just look at the man’s tweets.

    • please link any poll that claim such a thing. Newsflash, polls don’t do that. The polls in only 3 of 50 states were incorrect. The rest of the states as well as the national polls of Trump losing by 2 points were correct.

  2. Heavy turned sharply left during the election. If this is the kind of hack job you are going to do, your site will die like newsweek,boston globe and on and on. Your choice…but, I’m out of here.

    • They’re reporting the results of polls in an unbiased manner. How is that “sharply left”, exactly? I guess anything that might reflect the poor public opinion of Der Orange Fuhrer is leftist, right?