Sad? Not very. February 22, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
To read the release by Pew Research on early public attitudes to Donald Trump. Let’s just say it is not the splendid endorsement that he himself will no doubt tell the world he considers it to be at a press conference soon.
Overall, 39% say they approve of how Trump is handling his job as president, while 56% say they disapprove and 6% do not offer a view. Job ratings for Trump are more negative than for other recent presidents at similar points in their first terms.
Nor is it a case of indifference either…
An overwhelming share of the public (94%) offers a job rating for Trump; just 6% say they don’t know whether they approve or disapprove of him. By contrast, about two-in-ten or more declined to offer an early view of prior presidents dating back to Reagan in 1981.
Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 84% say they approve of the job Trump is doing. This is in line with early levels of support seen among members of the president’s own party in recent administrations. However, just 8% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say they approve of the job Trump is doing. This is by far the lowest early approval rating among members of the party not in control of the White House over the last six administrations. Early presidential approval among out-party members has been no lower than 30% in prior administrations dating to Reagan.
I can’t help but wonder. How is he going to claw back support from those groups in the future? I find it near inconceivable that someone who didn’t vote for him in 2016 is going to be convinced in 2020. And the sheer leaden weight of those poll numbers referenced above suggest not just a President who has a particular knack to polarise US citizens but one whose support base is actually much much narrower than might be expected. Note the last in the following:
Trump’s image is much more negative across a range of other characteristics. Majorities say that Trump is not even tempered (68%), is not a good communicator (63%), is not trustworthy (59%), is not well-informed (57%) and does not care about “people like me” (56%).
No surprise I suppose that he is trying to pull away support from the press. But even then… so many of his woes appear self-inflicted. This may not impact with the core base support but one has to imagine that over time it may do so with the margins. The key of course will be none-delivery. Healthcare alone should be a most interesting case.
What do others think?