Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trump’s Approval Rating

Donald Trump’s approval rating is just 40 percent, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll.  That is 44 points lower than President- elect Obama’s approval rating before he took office.

During the transition period, Trump's approval ratings have dropped.  He is presently more than 20 points below the ratings of any of his three most recent predecessors.  When Obama took the oath in 2009 he enjoyed an approval rating of 84 percent.  Bill Clinton had a 67 percent approval rating in late December 1992.  And, George W. Bush had a 61 percent approval rating just before he took office in January 2001.

Trump's handling of the presidential transition has left most Americans with serious doubt that the President-elect will be able to do the job.  

Since Election Day, about 53 percent of Americans consider Trump's statements and actions made them less confident in his ability to handle the presidency.  Plus, the percentage of those people, who think Trump will do a good job dropped five points.

The survey found that 71 percent of Trump supporters believe that it's likely that he will impose tariffs on companies that manufacture goods in Mexico, and, 61 percent of those supporters anticipate that he’ll create good-paying jobs in economically challenged areas.

Only 44 percent think it's likely that Trump will be able to build a wall along the border with Mexico.  Merely 29 percent believe he’ll be able to get Mexico to reimburse the United States for the construction of the wall.  Just 46 percent of our citizens say that Trump's priorities for America reflect their own priorities.

On Twitter President-elect Trump dismissed those poll findings: "The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls.  They are rigged just like before."


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