A number of new polls released this week show that Donald Trump will enter the White House as the least popular president-elect in modern times.
According to a CBS News poll, Trump’s favorable rating is just 32 percent, “the lowest of any president-elect in CBS News polling going back to Ronald Reagan in 1981, when CBS News began taking this measure.” And according to a poll conducted by NBC News and the conservative Wall Street Journal, a majority of Americans say they disapprove of the way Trump is handling the transition. This same poll shows Trump’s approval ratings 6 points lower than they were just one month ago.
The New York Times summarizes Trump’s position as follows: “Indeed, Mr. Trump will take office on Friday with less popular support than any new president in modern times, according to an array of surveys, a sign that he has failed to rally Americans behind him, beyond the base that helped him win in November. Rather than a unifying moment, his transition to power has seen a continuation of the polarization of the election last year.”
Perhaps it is unsurprising that his poll numbers are so low, given that Trump lost the popular vote by about 3,000,000 votes. Still, these numbers likely sting a man who appears to pride himself deeply on being liked.