President-elect Donald Trump’s popularity is soaring among the American people, with Trump receiving a bigger post-election bump in his approval rating than Barack Obama received 8 years ago.
A Morning Consult poll shows that Trump’s approval has shot up 9 points while his disapproval has collapsed by 15 points. He now stands at 46% approval before even doing anything. His disapproval is also 46%.
“Trump’s favorability among voters has reached new highs since he became president-elect,” said Morning Consult cofounder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp. “This honeymoon phase is common for new presidents. For example, Obama saw about a 20 point swing in his favor following the 2008 election.”
Trump’s swing is 24 points – approval up 9 and disapproval down 15. Prior to the election, he was at 37% approve 61% disapprove. Now it’s even.
Trump is also getting high marks for his transition effort. Nineteen percent of those polled believe it is more organized than past efforts and another 34 percent believe the transition is about the same, according to the poll that Morning Consult conducted Nov. 16-18.
For context, the Morning Consult poll understated Trump’s support by about 5% in their final election poll. They had him at 42% and he currently has 47% of the votes counted so far.