New poll sheds light on how Americans feel about Trump post election

A new poll says a majority of Americans think that President-elect Donald Trump will bring change to the U.S., but they're divided over how good that change will be.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 68 percent of Americans think Trump can change how Washington conducts its business. But more than half of Americans polled think Trump will enact the wrong kind of change, or none at all.

Those numbers aren't too surprising. A CBS News poll released last week found that 53 percent of Americans are either concerned or scared about Trump's plans as president. The other 46 percent are optimistic about the president-elect.

Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions
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Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions

Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway

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Veterans Affairs Secretary: David Shulkin

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Transportation secretary: Elaine Chao

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Energy secretary: Rick Perry

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Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

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Secretary of Defense: Retired Marine General James Mattis

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Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

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Chief strategist: Steve Bannon


Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions

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Director of the CIA: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo

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Deputy national security adviser: K.T. McFarland

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White House counsel: Donald McGahn

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Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

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Education secretary: Betsy DeVos

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Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross

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Homeland security secretary: General John Kelly

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Housing and urban development secretary: Ben Carson

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Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

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Health and human services secretary: Tom Price

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Department of Homeland Security: Retired General John Kelly

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Secretary of agriculture: Sonny Perdue

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Some of that worry appears to come from Trump's perceived relationship with Russia. Both polls mention many Americans are worried about how friendly Trump is with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.

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That issue could continue to be a problem for the president-elect as the Senate begins confirming his Cabinet picks. Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson — Trump's choice for secretary of state — has connections to Putin and has argued against sanctions against Russia.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll also found that Trump's approval score is considerably lower than Barack Obama's was in December 2008 (73 percent) and Bill Clinton's in December 1992 (77 percent).

According to the poll, 50 percent of Americans say they approve of how President-elect Donald Trump is handling the transition, while 41 percent disapprove.

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When you break the poll numbers down, it's all about the kinds of things Trump could change as president. Some hope he'll "make America great again," while others worry he could get the country involved in a war. Either way, most Americans tend to agree our president-elect is going to be an agent of change.

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