Half of Americans say in a new poll that they approve of the way President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE is handling the transition, down from previous incoming presidents’ results.
While 50 percent of the respondents in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll say they approve, 41 percent disapprove.
In December 2008, 73 percent of Americans approved of then-President-elect Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThose on the front lines of climate change should be empowered to be central to its solution The Memo: Trump's justices look set to restrict abortion Minorities and women are leading the red wave MORE’s handling of the transition. More than three-quarters, 77 percent, approved of then-President-elect Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMaxwell accuser testifies the British socialite was present when Epstein abuse occurred Epstein pilot testifies Maxwell was 'number two' in operation Federal judge changes his mind about stepping down, eliminating vacancy for Biden to fill MORE’s handling of the transition in December 1992.
NBC noted that incoming President George W. Bush’s approval rating wasn’t measured because its December 2000 poll was conducted before the conclusion of the Florida recount.
An overwhelming majority of Republicans, 82 percent, now approve of Trump’s handling of the transition, while just 12 percent of Democrats say the same thing.
Fifty-three percent of independents approve of his job.
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