POLL: Americans have low expectations for Trump as he enters White House


Donald Trump enters the White House on Friday with historically low approval ratings and low expectations, according to recent polling.

A poll conducted by AOL.com in the lead up to the inauguration shows that nearly 50 percent of those surveyed do not anticipate Trump will be a "good" president, compared to only 42 percent who say they are confident his first term will be successful. Only 8 percent said they were not sure what to expect. The poll, while not scientific, reflects similar polling that has been conducted in the lead up to the Trump presidency.

The survey, conducted in January, showed comparable results to a CBS News poll from December that found relatively low expectations for the incoming president, finding 34 percent predicted Trump will be a good or very good president, 36 percent that he will be bad, and 23 percent predicting "average" job performance.

Hours before the billionaire businessman takes the oath of office, FOX News released a new poll showing that only 37 percent of Americans approve of Trump ahead of his inauguration, while 54 percent do not.

Only 40 percent of Americans approve of Trump according to an ABC/Washington Post poll released earlier this week. In contrast, then President-elect Barack Obama's approval rating sat at 80 percent ahead of his 2009 inauguration.

An NBC News survey also found negative sentiment toward Trump, with 52 percent of Americans saying they disapprove of the way the president-elect has handled his transition to the White House.

And while just 38 percent of Americans have a positive view of Trump, it seems the country is far more favorable toward his individual policy proposals, with 78 percent of Americans saying that keeping jobs in the U.S. jobs should be a top priority for the incoming administration— which was a constant talking point during Trump's presidential campaign.

The president-elect has dismissed his record low approval ratings as simply another sign of media bias. "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," Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

Friday's inauguration ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m., Trump will be introduced to the crowd in Washington, D.C., at around 11 a.m.