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Quinnipiac: Obama’s Approval Rating 18 Points Higher Than Trump’s “President Barack Obama leaves the White House a lot more popular than Donald Trump is as he crosses the threshold and saddles up for the most…

11. January 2017 - By Tara J. Barker

New polling indicates that President Barack Obama will exit office near the peak of his popularity, with respondents viewing him more favorably than his successor, President-elect Donald Trump, by a double-digit margin.

On Jan. 10, a new survey conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 55 percent of registered voters approve of Obama’s job performance while 39 percent disapprove. This net positive favorability of 16 percentage points is the highest level of approval that the polling group has found for Obama in the past seven years.

Meanwhile, only 37 percent of respondents approve of Trump’s performance as a president-elect transitioning into office while 51 percent disapprove. Trump’s net negative favorability rating of 14 percentage points is a notable drop from a Quinnipiac poll released on Nov. 22, when 44 percent of respondents of respondents viewed him favorably while 46 percent viewed him unfavorably.

Overall, the survey found that Obama is currently more popular than his successor by 18 percentage points.

“President Barack Obama leaves the White House a lot more popular than Donald Trump is as he crosses the threshold and saddles up for the most important job in the world,” said assistant director Tim Malloy of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Breaking down the respondents’ views on the president-elect, the data indicates that voters believe that Trump has solid leadership skills but are deeply concerned about his character.

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