Poll: Trump Popularity Climbs
Politico reports that a Politico/Morning Consult poll found that Trump’s favorability numbers have spiked upwards in the past couple of weeks from 37 percent to 46 percent. His unfavorability numbers have also drastically declined from 61 percent to 46 percent in the same period of time.
The favorability rankings were divided among partisan lines: 82 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Trump, while only 17 percent of Democrats do. Forty percent of Independents have a favorable view of the president-elect.
The reasons for the swing in favorability numbers for Trump appears to be twofold: the honeymoon period and the optics of his transition team process.
“This honeymoon phase in common for new presidents,” Kyle Dropp, the Morning Consult’s co-founder and Chief Research Officer, told Politico. “For example, Obama saw about a 20 point swing in his favor following the 2008 election.”
Dropp also pointed out that around 50 percent of respondents felt that “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.” Most people are not familiar with the announced members of Trump’s transition team, however.
Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw notes that one thing voters don’t look too kindly on is the idea of Trump’s children having a role in his administration.
“62% have no problem with his family continuing to run Trump’s private business empire, but only 32% think they should have posts in the administration,” writes Shaw. “That sounds about right to me because as much as I’m sure he loves and trusts his family, it just looks bad, smacks of nepotism (if they have taxpayer funded offices) and flies in the face of the fact that nobody voted for any of them. (Or the incoming First Lady for that matter.)”
Overall, the numbers are a positive development for Trump, even if it just a part of the standard honeymoon phase. It will be up to the president-elect to keep increasing those favorability numbers once he takes office.
The Politico/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,885 registered voters. Of the likely voters surveyed, 33 percent were Democrats, 33 percent Republicans, and 32 percent were independents.