Why? Because that’s the way it’s supposed to work, and that’s the way it has always worked, that’s why. I explained this phenomenon here, to the jeers of skeptics. I also wrote, “Most people don’t understand the Presidency or their own culture,” though I’m a bit surprised that it applies to Ann. In the original post about the vicious attempts on the Left to undermine the new President before he has even taken office, I explained,
“Americans have always realized that the slate is cleared when someone becomes President, and that the individual inherits the office and the legitimacy of that office as it has been built and maintained by it previous occupants. He (no “he or she” yet, sorry: not my fault) becomes the symbol of the nation, the government and its people, a unique amalgam of prime minister, king and flag in human and civilian form. That immediate good will, respect for the Presidency, and forgiveness of all that went before has made the transfer of power in the US the marvel of the world, and has kept the nation from violence and division. It is part of our strength as a society. It is part of the election process, and a vital one.”
Let me quote the Gallup piece I cited before, backing this up:
“In general, the American public rates all new presidents positively — all have received majority approval in their debut ratings — though Obama is clearly near the top of the list. The three presidents who took office after the death or resignation of their predecessors tended to start out with even greater public support, as the nation rallied around the new chief executive in times of crisis. These include Harry Truman in 1945 with an 87% approval rating, Lyndon Johnson with 78% in 1963, and Gerald Ford with 71% in 1974.”
The new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll of registered voters found that 46% of voters now have a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of the previously reviled Trump. Now only 34% have a very unfavorable opinion of him, with 12% somewhat unfavorable.
That’s a big jump since the election. Trump’s favorability has expanded 9 points, 37 percent to 46 percent, compared to the poll right before the election — while his unfavorability has dropped 15 points, from 61 percent to 46 percent. Assuming he doesn’t do or say something outrageous, always a chancy assumption knowing The Donald, this trend can be expected to continue up to inauguration day. He will still enter office as the least popular new President yet, but still, he will begin his term with the wind at his back, and with most Americans wishing him well and hoping he succeeds.
Obviously, I’m not surprised. I’m also proud that the nation as a whole is not succumbing to the irresponsible efforts by some progressives, Democrats and pundits to undermine the President Elect before he has a chance. Here, at least, Althouse may be on to something, writing,”[It]it might be that the hostility and over-dramatic acting-out by Trump haters backfired, driving people right into the plush, beefy arms of President Trump.”
If so, it serves them right.