Compared to the four previous Presidents, Donald Trump enjoys historically low President elect approval ratings. Things might worsen while in office.
According from several surveys compiled and/or conducted by the Pew Research Center, Donald Trump enjoys the lowest approval ratings for President elect. Even George W. Bush, who victory was pretty messy, received more approbation.
The real problem Trump will face is that once in office, it’s pretty common to see a drop in approval ratings. But in the case of Trump, as they’re already low he could experience extremely low ratings. The dynamics is a bit different, but French President François Hollande hit a 4% approval ratings a few weeks ago (yes, 4%…); it’s so low he decided not to seek a second term – something never done since 1958 in France.
This low approval ratings isn’t a problem specific to Donald Trump: considering how unpopular Hillary Clinton was during the campaign, she would probably have faced low approval ratings as well.
How to govern a country with so much political polarisation? That’s not an easy question, but that’s the one the U.S. faces right now.