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Inside The New WP/ABC 100-Day Poll

There’s a lot of numbers but biggest for White House is the base is holding.

By NTK Staff | 04.23.2017 @10:07am
Inside The New WP/ABC 100-Day Poll

The Washington Post and ABC News are out this morning with a new poll looking at President Trump and his administration just days before they hit the 100-day mark in office. For The White House, the key line might be that Trump “voters remain largely satisfied with his performance.” For Washington, the focus will be that his “base of support has not expanded since he took the oath of office.” Check out some of the highlights below:

· 42%: “The president’s approval rating stands at 42 percent, the lowest recorded at this stage of a presidency dating to Dwight Eisenhower.”

· Base Holds Strong: There are no signs of major slippage in support among those who voted for Trump. His approval rating among those who cast ballots for him stands at 94 percent. Among Republicans, it is 84 percent.

· No Regrets: Asked of those who voted for him whether they regret doing so, 2 percent say they do, while 96 percent say supporting Trump was the right thing to do.”

· Higher Disapproval Rating Than Other Presidents: “Trump’s 53 percent disapproval rating is 14 percentage points higher than Bill Clinton’s 39 percent disapproval in April 1993, the worst before Trump. Eight years ago, then-president Barack Obama’s approval was 69 percent, his disapproval 26 percent.”

· Split On Meeting Expectations: “Americans split at 35 percent apiece on whether Trump is doing a better or worse job than expected, with the rest saying he’s neither above nor below their expectations.”

· Seen As Strong Leader: Beyond the continued enthusiasm of his most loyal supporters, a small majority of Americans see him as a strong leader.

· Approval For Keeping Jobs In U.S.: “A bigger majority approves of his efforts to pressure U.S. companies to keep jobs in this country. … On most questions about his performance or characteristics, Trump receives more negative than positive ratings. The most notable exception is his effort to pressure U.S. companies on the issues of keeping jobs at home, where 73 percent of Americans approve, including 54 percent of Democrats.”

· Economy Getting Better: “Those who say the economy is getting better outnumber those who say it’s getting worse by the biggest margin in 15 years in Post-ABC polling.”

· Right On North Korea: “On the specific question of how Trump has dealt with North Korea, 46 percent say he has been about right in his posture, 37 percent say he is too aggressive and just 7 percent say he is too cautious.”

· Not Accomplished Much: “Majorities of Americans say Trump has not accomplished much during his first months as president.”

· But Seen As Accomplishing More Than Clinton At This Point: Bill Clinton also had a rocky start to his presidency, which colored public judgments of his presidency by the 100-day mark. Although just 42 percent say Trump has accomplished either a great deal or a good amount so far, that is slightly higher than the 37 percent who said the same about Clinton in 1993.”

· Also Better Than Clinton On Keeping Promises At This Point: Similarly, judgments on whether campaign promises have been kept put Trump on about equal footing with Bill Clinton — 44 percent and 42 percent respectively.”

· Not Improving On Character Questions: “Meanwhile, he shows little improvement on his temperament and honesty, and while he’s gained ground on empathy, over 6 in 10 still say he does not understand the problems of people like them. … One of Trump’s biggest deficiencies compared with other presidents is whether he is honest and trustworthy. Fewer than 4 in 10 (38 percent) say he is. At this point in their presidencies, 74 percent said Obama was honest, 62 percent said George W. Bush was honest and a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll showed 61 percent said Clinton was honest.”

· Much Worse Than Other Presidents On Trusted In A Crisis: Another gap is on the question of whether Trump can be trusted in a crisis. The poll finds that 43 percent — about the same as Trump’s approval rating — say he can be trusted; 73 percent said so for Obama and 65 percent for George W. Bush at this point in their presidencies.”

· Out Of Touch: Half disapprove of the major changes he has proposed for government spending, while nearly 6 in 10 say he is out of touch with the concerns of most people. But on this question, the public is even harsher in judging the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.”

· No Concerns About Conflicts Of Interest: Another issue where the public sides with Trump rather than his critics is whether it is a conflict of interest for Trump to spend time at his own properties. A 54 percent majority say he has the right to travel where he wants to go.

· Gender Gap:The Post-ABC survey reveals a persistent gender gap, with women generally more negative toward the president than men, including double-digit gaps on Trump’s attributes such as honesty and temperament. Just over one-third of women (35 percent) approve of the way he is handling the job of president compared with 48 percent of men. Even fewer women, 29 percent, say they approve of the changes he is proposing for government spending compared with 45 percent of men.”

· Trump Would Still Win Election: Despite the public’s skepticism of Trump’s first 100 days, the survey finds little evidence voters would render a different verdict from last November, when Trump won key states needed to secure victory in the electoral college despite Clinton winning more votes nationwide. The new survey finds 46 percent saying they voted for Clinton and 43 percent for Trump, similar to her two-point national vote margin. Asked how they would vote if the election were held today, 43 say they would support Trump and 40 percent say Clinton.”

· Backing For Judicial Branch: “Trump and others in his administration have attacked the courts, accusing them of overreach, but nearly 6 in 10 people see their actions as a legitimate role for the judicial branch.”

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