Donald Trump won the presidency with the worst favorability rating deficit ever, at -21 points (Hillary Clinton was 13 points in the red). Since his historical upset of the "inevitable" Democratic candidate, Trump's numbers across the board have ticked up, but still remain relatively low. On the morning of his inauguration, his favorability gap has significantly shrunk while, according to Rasmussen, his approval rating has reached positive territory at 56 percent approval and 44% disapproval.
Rasmussen provides more specifics on their latest survey:
"Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republicans and 55% of unaffiliated voters approve of the job Trump is doing. Seventy percent (70%) of Democrats disapprove.
The latest figures include 38% of all likely voters who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 36% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +2 (see trends).
Heading into the election, 58.5 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of Trump, only 37.5 percent viewing him favorably. (On the morning of the election, Clinton's favorability by average sat at -13 points.) Since his historic upset victory, Trunmp's favorability margin has significantly shrunk, sitting at 8.1 points (49.9 to 41.8) on the morning of the inauguration.
While it is obviously good news for Trump to be in the black on approval, he takes office tracking well behind Barack Obama, whose approval was at 67% (31% disapproving) Jan. 20, 2009. Though Obama's approval rating started "exceptionally high," it quickly dropped off, and by the summer of 2011 had cratered to -26 points. He eventually returned to positive ratings by the end of 2012. Obama's approval rating in his final full month in office was +3 points. "By comparison, in his last full month in office, George W. Bush’s approval rating stood at -30," notes Rasmussen.
If anything, Obama's relatively decent final approval numbers prove one thing: job approval has far more to do with likability than actual performance. If the American people really thought he was doing his job well, they wouldn't have just tossed his legacy into the trash heap by electing a man who's vowed to essentially undo everything he "accomplished."