Poll: Majority uncertain, pessimistic about Trump

Poll: Majority uncertain, pessimistic about Trump
© Getty Images

The majority of registered voters are either pessimistic or uncertain about President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE’s incoming presidency, according to a new poll.

A combined 54 percent said they were either uncertain or pessimistic about the Trump administration in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Monday.

Twenty-nine percent are pessimistic about Trump’s presidency, with another 25 percent uncertain about Trump instead.


Pollsters found that 45 percent are more positive, however, with 23 percent satisfied and hopeful and 22 percent optimistic and confident.

Monday’s results show a significantly worse outlook for Trump’s presidency than the response given to his two most recent predecessors.

A combined 66 percent were enthusiastic about President Obama after his initial election in January 2009, for example, with 34 percent saying they were satisfied and 32 percent optimistic.

Twenty-four percent were uncertain about Obama, meanwhile, while 9 percent were pessimistic about the nation’s first African-American president.

Former President George W. Bush, for his part, left 35 percent satisfied and 24 percent optimistic after his first election in January 2001.

Twenty-eight percent were uncertain about a second Bush in the White House, while 12 percent were pessimistic.

Monday’s results additionally found that 46 percent view Trump negatively ahead of his Jan. 20 inauguration, while 40 percent view him positively instead.

NBC said those results mark the first time in the history of its poll that an incoming president has been viewed more negatively than positively.

Trump engaged in a frequently bruising primary against a field of Republican rivals and a contentious general election against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE.

The president-elect sealed his victory Monday when Electoral College members across the nation voted to affirm him, despite a push from liberal electors attempting to convince Republican electors to abandon him.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted among 888 registered voters via cell and landline telephone interviews from Dec. 12 to 15. It has a margin of error of 3.29 percentage points.