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Trump has the lowest presidential transition approval rating ever recorded

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In just seven days, the United States will have a new leader.  Americans aren't happy about it.

The president-elect has the lowest approval rating for any presidential transition since Gallup started the poll, which started with former President Bill Clinton in 1992-1992. A record low of 51 percent of Americans said they disapprove of how the former business mogul is handling the transition process. That leaves 44 percent to report that they approve.


A downward spiral

The numbers reflect a continuous decline in approval ratings. In December, Trump's approval ratings stood at 48 percent. 

Trump has found himself in a few sticky situations since the last poll was conducted. He has flipped his stance on Russian interfering with the U.S. election, suggested there might be a shift in China policy, and continues to share a  hostile relationship with the press.

Stacked against the rest

Trump's predecessors, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, surpass the president-elect in terms of approval ratings during the transition process. 

Using the same frame in which the Trump poll was conducted, 68 percent of Americans approved of Clinton; 61 percent approved of George W. Bush, and 83 percent approved of Obama. 

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What about his Cabinet?

Gallup's poll shows that Americans share mixed reviews of Trump's Cabinet-level appointments. Fifty-two percent save his Cabinet nominees are average, or better, while 44 percent rate them as below average or poor. 

Unlike the approval ratings, these numbers reflect more or less how the public approved his predecessors' Cabinet choices.

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