When Donald Trump won the general election on November 8, defeating Hillary Clinton and becoming the first person to win the presidency to neither have served in elected office nor served in the military, he overcame all the odds, especially considering that he had the highest unfavorability of anyone to have run for president.
Now, two weeks after the election, President-elect Trump is defying the odds once again with a popularity surge that will shock his greatest skeptics.
According to a poll by Politico/Morning Consult, Trump’s favorability has soared nine-points since the election from 37-percent to 46-percent. There was an even greater improvement in his unfavorability ratings. That has dropped 15-points from 67-percent to 46-percent.
Morning Consult co-founder and chief research officer Kyle Dropp offered an explanation of this major shift stating that such improvement is fairly common. Dropp said, “This honeymoon phase in common for new presidents. For example, Obama saw about a 20 point swing in his favor following the 2008 election.”
President-elect Trump received criticism from the media as being disorganized and in a panic after he had not had a cabinet pick one week after the election. However, even President Obama’s former chief adviser David Axelrod came to Trump’s defense, calling such criticism as not being a fair shot.
It seems that the general public has not bought into the negative framework the media has placed on Trump’s transition team process. The Politico/Morning Consult poll found that Trump is overall receiving high marks for his efforts.
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.
“About half say Donald Trump’s presidential transition is as organized or more organized than previous administrations, whereas about one in three describe it as less organized than past transitions,’ said Dropp, though he noted that “many of the initial transition picks including Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions are still largely unknown to Americans.”
How long will this honeymoon last for Donald Trump? Only time will tell but the fact that he has received such a huge bump in the positive manner in which Americans perceive him despite the nightly protests, many of them violent, against his victory over Hillary Clinton and continued negativity from the media, it’s amazing he’s having the honeymoon phase, period. It may also bode well for him regarding how Americans will view him once he is inaugurated on January 20, 2017.