With less than three weeks before president-elect Donal Trump takes the oath of office, a recent Gallup poll shows that less than half of Americans are confident that he can handle key presidential duties.
According to the survey, only 46 percent of Americans are confident in his ability to handle an international crisis and that he can use military force wisely. Just 44 percent believe Trump can prevent major scandals in his administration.
Compared to the last three U.S. presidents when they took office, Trump polls far lower in Americans’ confidence levels. At least 7 in 10 Americans were confident in key issues before Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton entered the White House.
Although Trump’s favorability has risen since the election, he still has the lowest favorability rating of any president-elect.
When Trump takes office on Jan. 20, the ongoing issues he’ll have to face include the fight against ISIS, Europe’s migrant crisis and Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Sadly, many Americans believe he’s not qualified to handle these pressing issues.
The poll did show, however, that 60 percent of Americans are confident Trump will be able to work with the Republican-controlled Congress. A little more than half (55 percent) think he will be able to defend U.S. interests abroad.