Worst honeymoon ever

Typically, new presidents get a bit of a pass from the partisans of the opposing party, and thereby the media (who largely look to opposing partisans for cues in their coverage) at the beginning of their terms, hence, the presidential “honeymoon.”  Safe to say, Republicans have not been too big on a honeymoon for Clinton or Obama, who, nonetheless got somewhat of a honeymoon due to the typical high public approval immediately upon entering office.  That said, Trump looks to be on course for the worst honeymoon ever.  Here’s a chart from Pew with immediate post-election approval of winners and losers in recent elections:

Now, of course with unified government Trump can get a lot down.  But in terms of a “honeymoon” from the opposition party or the media?  So not happening.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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