Trump Dismisses Record-Low Approval Ratings as Being "Rigged"

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The president-elect tweeted, without proof, that the Tuesday numbers are from "the same people who did the phony election polls."

Donald Trump is entering the White House with record low approval ratings, according to two separate polls published Tuesday.

New surveys from CNN/ORC and ABC News/Washington Post, both released Tuesday morning only days ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration, showed a stark contrast between president-elect Trump's and President Obama's incoming approval ratings. Both surveys showed Trump's approval rating at 40 percent, compared with Obama's 84 percent and 79 percent, respectively, for his first term.

The ABC News/Washington Post national survey found that Trump is the most unpopular of the last seven newly elected U.S. presidents. Previous popularity ratings found by the survey ranged from 56 percent for George W. Bush to Obama's 79 percent, placing Trump 39 points behind his predecessor's incoming term with 40 percent.

Trump also is the first of the seven incoming presidents to see his unfavorable number outrank his favorable number at 54 percent, according to the survey.

The CNN/ORC Poll, conducted among a random national sample of 1,000 adults, also found Trump's approval rating of 40 percent to be the lowest of any recent president, with 52 percent disapproving. Trump's rating is more than 20 points below his three most recent predecessors', including Obama's 2009 approval rating of 84 percent.

About 53 percent of Americans polled in the survey also said they are less confident in Trump's ability to handle the presidency based on his actions since Election Day.

Trump responded to the approval ratings findings on Twitter early Tuesday morning by likening his poor poll numbers to the "phony election polls" that showed Democrat Hillary Clinton was ahead in the presidential race leading up to Election Day.

The president-elect, who claimed throughout his presidential campaign that election polls (and even the Emmys) were rigged, tweeted: "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 did not offer any evidence to support his tweet.

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