Most Americans think Donald Trump can't handle the presidency

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Tuesday 03 January 2017 11:45

Since Trump won the US presidential election, barely a day has gone by without him hitting headlines for saying or doing something outside the usual mould of 'presidential'.

It may come as no surprise that the anti-establishment president-elect who didn't win the popular vote, and gained fewer votes than previous candidates who lost elections, isn't filling voters with confidence.

His inauguration is looming, but trust in Trump doesn't look high.

According to a Gallup poll of more than 1,000 Americans:

  • Less than half of Americans trust Trump to handle an international crisis or use military force wisely.
  • A whopping 56 per cent aren't confident he will be able to prevent a major scandal in his administration.
  • Only 55 per cent trust Trump to defend US interests abroad.
  • Six in every 10 people think Trump will work effectively with Congress to get things done, but 89 per cent thought the same for Obama. That may be more of a reflection on Congress than the president. 

Unsurprisingly, Trump doesn’t fare well compared to Obama, who scored confidence levels of between 70 and 90 per cent for the same questions.

Which bodes well.

More: The photo of a Trump Tower billboard above sleeping homeless children is real

More: President Obama's response to Donald Trump's New Years message was perfect