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Half of Americans approve of Trump's transition handling

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Fifty percent of Americans say they approve of the way President-elect Donald Trump is handling the transition and his preparations to take the Oval Office, while 41 percent disapprove, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

But Trump’s approval score is significantly below Barack Obama’s in December 2008 (73 percent) and Bill Clinton’s in December 1992 (77 percent).

(George W. Bush’s approval rating wasn’t taken in the December 2000 NBC/WSJ poll because it was conducted before the conclusion of the Florida recount.)

By party, 82 percent of Republicans approve of Trump’s transition handling, compared with just 12 percent of Democrats. Fifty-three percent of independents approve of his job.

The new NBC/WSJ poll also finds more than half of Americans say they are significantly bothered by the news that hackers working in connection with a foreign government were involved in trying to influence November’s presidential election. 

Forty-three percent of respondents say they are bothered a “great deal” about the interference, while an additional 12 percent were bothered “quite a bit.”

By contrast, 23 percent of Americans say they aren’t bothered at all by the news, 8 percent said “very little” and another 10 percent said “just some.”

But there’s a notable partisan divide on this question: A combined 86 percent of Democrats are bothered a great deal/quite a bit by the interference, versus just 29 percent of Republican respondents who say this. Forty-nine percent of independents say they are bothered either a great deal or quite a bit.

The NBC/WSJ poll also finds 31 percent of Americans believing that Trump’s relationship with Russia’s Putin is too friendly and not appropriate, versus 24 percent who don’t believe it’s too friendly. Forty-four percent have no opinion.

Once again, there’s a striking partisan divide: 61 percent of Democrats say Trump is too friendly with Putin, compared with just 8 percent of Republicans who believe that.

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