- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2016

Americans are divided over how they expect President-elect Donald Trump to perform in the White House, with about a third saying he’ll be a good president and about a third saying he’ll be a poor one, according to a poll released Thursday.

Thirty-four percent of Americans said Mr. Trump will be a good or very good president, 23 percent think he will be average, and 36 percent think he will be a poor president, according to the CBS News poll.

Seven in 10 Republicans think Mr. Trump will be a good or very good president, while 60 percent of Democrats think he’ll be a poor one.

Overall, 41 percent said they approve of the Cabinet picks Mr. Trump has announced so far, and 41 percent disapprove.

Six in 10 said Mr. Trump’s business relationships create a conflict of interest that will likely affect how he makes decisions in the White House, and seven in 10 said his stated intention to step away from his businesses and put family members in charge won’t prevent such conflicts.

However, 50 percent said they think he will be making decisions mostly to further the interests of Americans, compared to 44 percent who said he’d be making decisions mostly to further the interests of his family and businesses.

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