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Donald Trump’s Popularity Surges in Post-Election Poll

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By Andrew Stiles | 7:44 am, November 21, 2016

Donald Trump has enjoyed a surge in popularity since winning the presidential election against Hillary Clinton earlier this month, according to a new poll from Politico/Morning Consult.

The poll of registered voters found that 46 percent now have a very favorable or somewhat favorable view of Trump, compared to just 37 percent who said so prior to the election. Meanwhile, the percentage of registered voters expressing an unfavorable view about Trump plummeted 15 points, from 61 percent to 46 percent, during the same period.

Morning Consult chief research officer Kyle Dropp said a post-election “honeymoon phase” is common for newly elected presidents, and cited the 20-point boost in popularity President Obama after being elected to a first term in 2008.

Trump’s presidential transition process, which has been widely criticized in the mainstream media for being disorganized, is not viewed so harshly among regular voters. According to the poll, 53 percent of voters said the transition was either more organized that past transitions (19 percent) or about the same (34 percent).

However, the poll also found that some of Trump’s most controversial selections for top posts in his administration, such as Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon (senior counselor), are “largely unknown” to the voting public.

Oddly enough, President Obama has also enjoyed a rise in popularity since Trump’s election. According to the poll, 54 percent of voters approve of the president’s job performance, up from 50 percent before the election. His disapproval rating fell 48 percent to 43 percent during the same period.

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