Poll: Confidence rises in Trump after win

Greg Nash

Fifty-one percent of Americans are more certain of Donald Trump’s leadership ability since Election Day, according to a Gallup survey out Wednesday.

{mosads}Forty percent say they are less sure about the president-elect, while 9 percent have no opinion or do not feel differently since the vote.

Trump’s results are similar to confidence levels U.S. adults expressed when former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush each won their first respective elections.

Fifty-four percent were more confident after Bush’s victory in 2000, while 28 percent voiced less confidence. Fifty-three percent were more confident in Clinton after his 1992 election, while 26 percent were less assured.

Trump, however, is less popular as president-elect than either Bush or Clinton, according to pollsters.

Fifty-nine percent viewed Bush favorably after his presidential election, while 58 percent saw Clinton positively.

Trump, in contrast, nets a 42 percent favorability rating after his at-times bitter White House race against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump on Sunday said those nervous about his administration should know he means no harm.

“I would tell them, ‘Don’t be afraid,’ absolutely,” he said on CBS News’s “60 Minutes.”

Gallup conducted its latest survey of 1,019 U.S. adults via cell and landline telephone interviews from Nov. 9 to 13. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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