Donald Trump

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It's good to be a winner.
Donald Trump is more popular as president-elect than he was as the Republican nominee. 

A new poll by Politico and Morning Consult finds Trump's popularity rating jumped nine points, from 37 percent to 46 percent, from a previous poll right before the election. Trump's unfavorability rating, which was historically low during the campaign, fell considerably, from 61 percent to 46. 

Twenty-six percent of respondents hold a very favorable view of the president-elect, while 20 percent hold a somewhat favorable view of him, compared to 34 percent who hold a very unfavorable view of Trump and 12 percent who consider him somewhat unfavorably.

One percent of respondents said they had never heard of Trump.

Trump's favorability rating aligns roughly with his tally of the popular vote, which, at 46.7 percent, remains 1.7 million votes behind Hillary Clinton, the  2016 Democratic nominee, who has received 48 percent of the popular vote.

Despite ongoing reports of disarray in Trump's transition, 27 percent of respondents told the pollsters that they think the president-elect's transition is going about the same as previous incoming administrations, while 19 percent said it's more organized than in the past; 34 percent said it's less organized.

The numbers weren't entirely in Trump's favor, however; just 31 percent said Trump's family members should be very or somewhat involved in his administration, compared to 21 percent who think they should not be too involved, and 38 percent who don't want them involved at all. Similarly, 59 percent said Trump family members should not be given national security clearance. 

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has become one of the president-elect's most trusted advisors. Trump has denied reports that he is attempting to receive top security clearance for any of his children.

While more Americans may be warming to Trump, protests against the president-elect continue around the United States, with anti-Trump rallies planned at least through Jan. 21, 2017, the day after his inauguration.

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