A new CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday shows that president-elect Donald Trump will become take office Friday with the lowest of any president in U.S. history and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president.
According to the survey, Trump will become president with an approval rating of just 40%, which is significantly below than his three most recent predecessors. Obama took the oath in 2009 with an 84% approval rating, 67% approved of Clinton’s transition as of late December 1992 and 61% approved of George W. Bush’s transition just before he took office in January 2001.
Trump’s disastrous handling of the presidential transition has left most Americans with growing doubts that the President-elect will be able to handle the job. About 53% say Trump’s statements and actions since Election Day have made them less confident in his ability to handle the presidency, and the public is split evenly on whether Trump will be a good or poor president —48% on each side.
Across all areas, Americans’ impressions of Trump have worsened since his shocking victory in November. In that time, disapproval of his handling of the transition has increased seven points to 52%, the percentage who think he’ll do a good job has dropped five points, and the share saying they have lost confidence in Trump’s ability to be president grew 10 points, the CNN/ORC poll shows.
When it comes to immigration, about 44% say it’s likely that Trump will be able to build a wall along the border with Mexico, and just 29% believe he will be able to get Mexico to reimburse the United States for the construction of the wall. About 4-in-10 think the President-elect will be able to defeat ISIS, down from 50% who said so in November.
That change falls within the poll’s margin of sampling error and is not statistically significant.
However, as CNN notes, many Americans remain confident that Trump will renegotiate NAFTA and create good-paying jobs in economically challenged areas (61%).