Poll: Majority of voters dislike Trump's transition moves

A majority of voters disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his post as president-elect, according to a new poll released Tuesday — yet another sign Trump has failed to win over skeptical Americans in the weeks leading up to his inauguration.

Only 37 percent of voters approve of Trump’s performance during the historic transition, the Quinnipiac University poll shows. But 51 percent disapprove — including wide majorities among the groups most hostile to Trump during the presidential campaign.

Trump’s approval rating among male voters is at parity: 43 percent of men approve of his performance, and the same percentage disapproves. But 59 percent of female voters disapprove of Trump’s performance, while just 31 percent approve.

Outgoing President Barack Obama, on the other hand, earns high ratings in his final days in the White House. Obama, who will deliver a farewell address later Tuesday, has a 55-percent approval rating, the poll shows — his best score in a Quinnipiac poll in seven years. Only 39 percent disapprove of Obama’s job performance.

“President Barack Obama leaves the White House a lot more popular than Donald Trump is as he crosses the threshold and saddles up for the most important job in the world,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

The poll was conducted January 5-9, surveying 899 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.


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