Inauguration Approval Ratings, Compared

The U.S. Capitol looms over a stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Atlanta–Jeffrey Albertson

When Donald J. Trump takes the Oath of Office today to become the 45th President of the United States, his average approval rating will be 41.8%. That figure is lower than the previous three Presidents. To quantify, Presidents Obama, W. Bush, Clinton enjoyed 78%, 62%, and 92% approval ratings just prior to the inauguration, respectively. 

Trump’s Vice President, Michael Pence also lags behind his predecessor Vice Presidents in approval ratings on Inauguration Day. Respectively Biden, Cheney, and Gore were rated at 53%, 61% and 63%. Pence stands at 42%. 

Even First Lady Melania Trump does not reach half of the approval ratings for previous First Ladies. Mrs. Trump is measured at 37%, while M. Obama had 68%, L. Bush at 56% and H. Clinton 57%. 

Even among his own party, Trump has the weakest approval figure of the three prior Presidents. Currently, he has 82% approval among the GOP dominated Congress. Comparatively, W. Bush had 97% among the GOP Congress at Inauguration in 2002. Obama had 95% of the Democratic Congress in 2009, while Clinton had 92% in 1993. 

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