President-elect Trump ran the most tumultuous campaign and transition process in recent memory, yet a majority of Americans are still hopeful that he will fulfill his campaign promises, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
His rating has also been hurt by his refusal to release his tax returns, something nearly three-fourths of Americans have requested.
Trump’s favorability numbers are 18% below the next lowest incoming president on the list, Ronald Reagan.
On the eve of his inauguration a mere 44% of Americans say they believe Trump is qualified to serve as president while 52% say he is not.
Critics and respondents to the poll also noted that Donald Trump is doing a horrible job of transitioning into the new role. Eight in 10 approved of the way Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush handled their transitions, that number drops to 4 in 10 for Trump.
Part of Trump’s problem is that independents who often tow the line between candidates have not fallen in line with his presidency, leaving a huge favorability gap at all levels of the polling process.
There is one bright spot in the polling numbers for the Trump administration. Roughly 6 in 10 say they expect Trump to do a good job in handling the economy and creating jobs. However, women’s issues, race relations, and international considerations were less than rosy for the incoming POTUS.
With a large portion of the American public already on edge over race relations and women’s rights, the President-elect could be in for a bumpy ride.
One of the most apparent issues comes down to the division between white Americans based on levels of education. Whites without college degrees have expressed far more support for Trump than whites with college degrees.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone from January 12-15, 2017, among a random national sample of 1,005 adults, including landline and cellphone respondents. There is a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.