Published: Sun, January 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Obama admits Trump transition ´unusual´

Obama admits Trump transition ´unusual´

A majority of Americans disapproved of the way Donald Trump is handling his transition, according to a Gallup poll that said the incoming president was at a historically low level in advance of the January 20 inauguration.

Independent voters have grown increasingly skeptical of Trump, with only 33% now approving of his handling of the transition, down from 46% a month ago. Just 44 percent expressed approval of the president-elect, who has faced a number of controversies in the weeks following his November 8 win. Four percent of those polled say they have no opinion on the issue.

"Trump's 48% transition approval rating in December was already the lowest for any presidential transition Gallup has measured", the polling agency stated.

"We can't take our democracy for granted", Obama said in the video of the address that went live Saturday morning.

At this stage of the transition, Obama had a soaring 83% approval rating with just 12% of respondents disapproving.

Republicans and Democrats had differing views of how Mr. Trump has handled the transition, with 87 percent of Republicans saying they approved.

Obama cautioned Trump not to run an "improvisational presidency" just like he ran an "improvisational campaign". A whopping 44 percent said they are "below average" or "poor" - more than three times higher than the number of Americans who disapproved of the Cabinets assembled by Obama, Bush or Clinton. Obama stands out in the ratings, putting him behind only John F. Kennedy, at 79 percent, followed by Ronald Reagan at 63 percent, and Dwight Eisenhower at 50 percent, according to Gallup.

The national poll of 899 voters was conducted January 5-9 and had a 3.3-point margin of error.

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