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Mul­ti­ple na­tional polls re­vealed this week that Amer­i­can op­ti­mism and good feel­ing is on a marked up­swing as the na­tion heads for 2017. Now vot­ers ap­pear to be warm­ing to Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump as well.

A new Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey re­leased Tues­day finds that 51 per­cent of likely U.S. vot­ers have a fa­vor­able opin­ion of Mr. Trump — a num­ber which in­cludes 29 per­cent who view him “very” fa­vor­ably. The land­mark find­ing fol­lows weeks of ris­ing poll num­bers for the in­com­ing pres­i­dent. His fa­vor­a­bil­ity num­bers among all vot­ers have in­creased on av­er­age from the low-30 per­cent­age point range to the mid-40s. None have gone over 50 per­cent in re­cent days. There are still hold-outs, how­ever. The poll also found that 47 per­cent of vot­ers con­tinue view him un­fa­vor­ably. And while he is al­ways ready to counter his crit­ics, Mr. Trump ap­pears to be mulling over ways to shore up the sharp di­vi­sions in the na­tion — and made it clear shortly af­ter he won the White House.

“This will prove to be a great time in the lives of ALL Amer­i­cans. We will unite and we will win, win, win!” he noted in a tweet — and that was six weeks ago.

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