Friday, January 20, 2017

Replacing A Popular President With An Unpopular One

Today we get a new president, and as poll after poll has shown, the new president is replacing one that is much more popular with the public than he is. Only 40% of the general public has a favorable opinion of Donald Trump, while 55% have a favorable opinion of Barack Obama -- a rather large 15 point difference.

Only two groups view Trump more favorably than Obama -- Whites by a 3 point margin, and those 65 and older by a 7 point margin (probably reflecting the racist country they grew up in). All other groups view Obama more favorably than Trump.

This chart was made using information from a new Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between January 14th and 17th of a random national sample of 1,447 adults (including 1,234 registered voters), with a margin of error of 3 points.

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