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President-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump will enter office with an approval rating of just 40 percent


When Donald Trump is inaugurated as president on Friday, he will have the lowest approval rating of the past three presidents upon entering office, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.

Trump's approval rating stands at 40 percent. When President Obama entered office in 2009, he had an 84 percent approval rating, and former President George W. Bush had a 61 percent approval rating.

A majority of Americans surveyed (53 percent) said the transition made them less confident in Trump's competency as president.

Trump insisted the ratings were "rigged."

He touted "record numbers" of people would attend his inauguration on Friday.

...the fight that Mr. Trump is having with CNN and other media groups has taken some skin off his poll numbers and it's gone down.
Rep. Trent Duffy (R-WI)

Rep. Sean Duffy told CNN that the negative media coverage of Trump affected his approval rating. 

Men, white people and rural residents were more likely to think highly of Trump than city residents, women and ethnic minorities. 

Breaking down the numbers

  • 71 percent believe he'll impose tariffs on companies that manufacture goods in Mexico
  • 61 percent think he'll renegotiate NAFTA
  • 48 percent believe he'll be able to protect sensitive information from hacks
  • 44 percent believe he'll be able to build a border wall
  • 29 percent believe he'll be able to get Mexico to pay for it
  • 40 percent believe he'll be able to defeat ISIS
  • 48 percent believe his policies will move the country in the right direction, while 49 percent think the opposite
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