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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

70% of Americans disapprove of how Trump has handled his transition, new poll shows

 President Donald Trump continues to face sharp public disapproval for his handling of the presidential transition.

As Trump prepares to leave the White House Wednesday without participating in inaugural ceremonies for his successor, 70 per cent of Americans disapprove of his handling of the transition.

The period includes a tumultuous two months where Trump lost the election, contested the results, called the election rigged, and spoked to supporters who went on to storm the Capitol. He also got impeached in the House, with 10 House Republicans joining the 232 lawmakers who passed an article charging him with 'incitement of insurrection.'

As President Donald Trump prepares to leave office Wednesday, 70 per cent of Americans disapprove of his handling of the transition

As President Donald Trump prepares to leave office Wednesday, 70 per cent of Americans disapprove of his handling of the transition

Trump's favorability rating is just 33 per cent, with only 34 per cent approving of his job as president, according to a CNN / SSRS poll


President-elect Joe Biden has seen his own numbers climb, with a 59 per cent favorability rating.

The poll has a 65 per cent majority saying Biden legitimately won enough votes for the presidency, with 32 per cent saying he did not legitimately win enough votes – amid repeated attacks on the election by Trump and his team.

Joe Biden won about 7 million votes more than Trump in the popular vote, and beat him in the electoral college 306 to 232. 

The poll was conducted January 4 -15, a period that included two Georgia Senate runoffs that Republicans lost, the Trump rally, the MAGA riot, and the House impeachment.

Another poll question revealed Republican Party popularity of just 32 per cent, with 62 per cent disapproval. 

Americans want to move on from Trump rather than see the Republican Party treat him as its leader by 77 to 19 per cent – at a time when Republican senators must soon decide whether to back him or vote to convict him.

Smoke from pepper-spray ball exploded and used against pro-Trump protesters during storm of Capital building

Smoke from pepper-spray ball exploded and used against pro-Trump protesters during storm of Capital building

Americans want to move on from Trump rather than see the Republican Party treat him as its leader by 77 to 19 per cent

Americans want to move on from Trump rather than see the Republican Party treat him as its leader by 77 to 19 per cent

Joe Biden's favorability rating is 59 per cent in the new CNN / SSRS poll

Joe Biden's favorability rating is 59 per cent in the new CNN / SSRS poll


Trump's 34 per cent approval in a Gallup poll released Monday is the lowest approval rating of his term – which featured previous dips during the clash in Charlottesville in 2017, arrests of associates in the Russia probe, and Trump's threats to rain 'fire and fury' upon North Korea.

The president, who soaked up polling information even as he regularly blasted public polls that partnered with major media organizations, never cracked 50 per cent. He is the only president not to do so since Gallup started measuring presidential job approval in 1938 under F.D.R. 

That poll was conducted January 4 through January 15, a period that includes the Capitol riots. 

It all coincided with a 12-point post-election drop. Most presidents enjoy a bump after being defeated at the polls. 

Trump and Richard Nixon are the only ones to score their worst rating in their final Gallup poll.

His average approval during his presidency was 41 per cent, a record low that is worse than Truman's by 4 points. 

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