Trump Won Despite Being Unpopular, So Can He Govern That Way?

President-elect Donald Trump was the least-liked major-party presidential nominee since at least 1980. He won the Electoral College even though most Americans held an unfavorable view of him — the first time that’s happened since pollsters first began consistently asking the favorable/unfavorable question. That raises a reasonable set of questions: Are favorability ratings meaningless? And if Trump’s favorability rating didn’t matter, will his job-approval rating — the benchmark by which modern presidents are judged — have any effect on his ability to govern or enact his agenda? CONT.

Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight