Politics

Poll: Americans Warm To Trump Post-Election

| by Nik Bonopartis

Americans may be more accepting of Donald Trump now that he's president-elect, according to a new poll.

Less than two weeks after the businessman-turned-politician had a surprise victory on Nov. 8, his approval ratings have climbed 9 percentage points, with 46 percent of Americans telling Morning Consult/Politico pollsters they support their future president.

The poll also found that more than one-half of those questioned said Trump's transition efforts were "more organized" than past presidents-elect or "about the same."

"Trump’s favorability among voters has reached new highs since he became president-elect,” Morning Consult's Kyle Dropp told Politico "This honeymoon phase is common for new presidents. For example, Obama saw about a 20 point swing in his favor following the 2008 election."

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But citizens were pretty clear about one thing: They don't like the appearance of nepotism in the Republican's transition team or circle of advisors. Of those polled, 59 percent said Trump's adult children -- who advised their father during the campaign -- should not be a part of his administration.

While it's common for first families to play prominent roles on some fronts, Trump is particularly close to his children and relies on their judgment. A Wall Street Journal story on Nov. 17 noted that Ivanka Trump's presence during her father's meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised some eyebrows among observers and fueled speculation that she may remain as a close advisor, albeit without an official position.

The country's strongest anti-nepotism laws date to the years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, The Washington Post noted. President Kennedy had made the unprecedented move of appointing his younger brother, Robert Kennedy, as attorney general.

If Trump's children stick around to advise their father, it will also raise conflict of interest questions about the way they run the Trump Organization, said Richard Painter, chief ethics lawyer in President George W. Bush's administration.

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“We were told they were going to separate the business from the presidency,” Painter said. “Within the first week, they’ve contradicted that.”

Sources: Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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