In some regards, Americans are seemingly warming to President Donald Trump, with the commander-in-chief receiving positive marks from the public on a number of indicators less than a month after taking office.
But it’s not an entirely rosey picture, as Trump has some serious work to do if he wants to improve the overall perception surrounding his presidency; he currently has an approval rating of just 42 percent — not a total surprise considering how wildly unpopular both he and former Democratic contender Hillary Clinton were during the election cycle.
Either way, the most noteworthy data surrounding Trump involves the deep disparity between Democrats and Republicans, as these cohorts couldn’t be further away from one another on almost all of the characteristics measured by Gallup.
First, let’s start with the general numbers. The Gallup poll revealed that 59 percent of the public sees Trump as a “strong and decisive leader,” with 62 percent saying he keeps his promises. The latter figure comes after Trump made good on some of his immigration policy promises as well as his pledge to nominate a conservative Supreme Court justice.
Plus, 53 percent said they believe he can bring about the changes that America needs.
Of course, not all of the figures were as positive, with some measures falling below the 50 percent mark. In fact, just 42 percent said he’s honest and trustworthy, 44 percent said he inspires confidence and 44 percent said he can manage the government effectively.
Now, let’s dive into the wildly intense partisan divide. It seems the closest Democrats and Republicans came to agreeing was on whether Trump “keeps his promises,” with 36 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning respondents agreeing and with 91 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning respondents saying the same.
But when asked if Trump cares about the needs of the common man, just 9 percent of Democratic-minded respondents agreed, with 89 percent of GOP-minded respondents saying the same.
Another characteristic worth exploring is whether Trump is honest and trustworthy; while 89 percent of Republican-minded voters agreed, only 9 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning respondents felt the same about the president.
The differences are quite stunning and, as Gallup framed it, present the reality that “Republicans (and) Democrats see a different Trump.” See the complete results, which were collected from Feb. 1-Feb. 5, here.
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