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by Dale Eisman on January 17, 2017
An uneasy Washington is back to work today after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday break and amid quickening preparations for Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Trump will take office as the least popular new President in at least four decades, the Washington Post reported, citing a new poll. The President-elect took to Twitter this morning to denounce the pollsters. “The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls. They are rigged just like before,” he declared.
Another poll, this one by CNN, largely mirrored the Post’s findings however. It said Trump will take office with a 40 percent approval rating, 44 points less than Barack Obama’s rating when he was inaugurated in 2009.
The Post poll indicates that voters are particularly troubled about the intelligence community’s finding that Russia hacked into Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails and leaked the results in an attempt to help Trump win the election; 54 percent said they disapprove of Trump’s response to the hacking reports.
Voters also continue to be unhappy with Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns – 74 percent said he should make them public – and are evenly divided on whether he and his family and advises are adhering to federal ethics laws. A slight majority, 52 percent, say Trump’s announced plan to turn management of his far-flung businesses over to his sons is sufficient to avoid conflicts of interest; Common Cause and a bipartisan collection of ethics experts have called on Trump to put his assets in a blind trust.
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