BY JONATHAN EASLEY – 12/07/16 the Hill
Donald Trump’s favorability rating has spiked as the president-elect enjoys a honeymoon period with voters ahead of his inauguration next month.
A Bloomberg Politics released Wednesday found that a majority–50 percent–have a positive view of Trump. That’s up from only 33 percent who viewed Trump favorably in the same poll from August.
It’s a significant reversal for Trump, who was a historically unpopular presidential candidate. Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clintonwere among the most disliked candidates in the modern era.
Until the release of Wednesday’s Bloomberg poll, Trump had not reached the 50 percent favorability mark in any survey conducted in the last two years since he began running for president.
Most surveys have shown Trump deep underwater. In the RealClearPolitics average, Trump is at 57.5 percent negative and only 38.4 percent positive.
One Quinnipiac survey from May found Trump with a 49-point net negative rating, at 20 percent positive and 69 percent negative.
While Trump’s recovery is impressive, it’s a far cry from where President Obama was around the time of his inauguration. In January of 2009, a Gallup survey put Obama’s favorability rating at 78 percent.
Trump also trails the post-election favorability rating enjoyed by the last Republican president, George W. Bush. In Dec. 2000, a Gallup survey put Bush’s favorability rating at 59 percent.
Still, Trump’s surge in popularity should benefit his ability to govern in the short term. 73 percent of those surveyed said they’d be fine with Trump recalibrating his positions from the campaign.
“The public seems to be giving him a long leash,” said pollster Ann Selzer. “Most Americans don’t seem concerned about him changing positions that were the core of his campaign.”
The Bloomberg survey of 999 U.S. adults was conducted between Dec. 2 and Dec. 5 and has a 3.1 percentage point margin of error.