The majority of U.S. voters view President-elect Donald Trump favorably, according to a Rasmussen poll.
Rasmussen conducted a telephone survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters and found that 51 percent have a favorable opinion of Trump, while 47 percent view him unfavorably.
Other pollsters have also reported an increase in Trump’s popularity since he defeated Hillary Clinton in the November presidential election. Before the election, Trump’s favorability rating was at a mere 37 percent, according to a Morning Consult poll. But after his stunning upset victory, Morning Consult found that Trump’s favorability rating jumped 9 points to 46 percent.
“Trump’s favorability among voters has reached new highs since he became president-elect,” said Morning Consult co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp, according to Politico. “This honeymoon phase is common for new presidents. For example, Obama saw about a 20-point swing in his favor following the 2008 election.”
According to the Associated Press, 55 percent of the American public have optimistic expectations for 2017.
“Next year will be better than this year, because people will have more jobs and they’ll have more money to spend,” said Bourema Tamboura, a New York City resident who works as a driver.
“I’m hoping 2017 will be better,” said Elizabeth Flynn, 62, an elementary schoolteacher from Peabody, Massachusetts, according to the Associated Press. “You’ve got to be optimistic, and I’m going to try.”
Sources: Rasmussen, Politico, Associated Press/ Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr