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NBC/WSJ Poll: Most Uncertain, Pessimistic on Trump Presidency

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By    |   Monday, 19 Dec 2016 06:54 PM

Most Americans are either "uncertain" or "pessimistic" about Donald Trump's upcoming presidency, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

But, the same poll found, most are optimistic about the future of the economy and about Trump's ability to bring change to Washington, D.C.

According to the poll, 54 percent are either uncertain, 25 percent are  pessimistic and 29 percent are worried about the job Trump will do once he is sworn in on January 20. Only 45 percent are either optimistic and confident, 22 percent are satisfied and 23 percent are hopeful.

Trump's positive numbers are lower than those of both presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush during the same period of their transitions. Polls showed 66 percent were optimistic or hopeful about Obama's prospects after his win in 2008, and 59 percent held those views about Bush after his 2000 win.

Republicans and Democrats are sharply divided over how they view Trump, a difference from previous elections.

"Usually elections settle arguments and the nation comes together, at least in the short term," said Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, who conducted the poll with Republican pollster Bill McInturff's Public Opinion Strategies. "Today, hard feelings persist on both sides of the partisan divide. It's as if the 2016 campaign has never ended."

About half of Americans approve of how Trump is handling his transition so far, while 41 percent disapprove. But only 12 percent of Hillary Clinton voters give Trump a positive rating, whereas 92 percent of those who voted for Trump do.

In 2008, half of Republican John McCain voters approved of Barack Obama's handling of his transition, and 63 percent of George H.W. Bush's voters approved of Bill Clinton's transition.

Similarly, Trump's supporters are far more likely to believe Trump will bring change to Washington (92 percent) to Clinton voters (20 percent.) The exact same number of his supporters (92 percent) express optimism Trump will help those struggling in the economy. Only 9 percent of Clinton voters feel that way.

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