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.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Majority Disapproval

A Gallup Poll conducted on January 30 and 31 found that 55 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s temporary ban for people from the seven predominantly Muslim countries; 58 percent disapprove of his indefinite suspension of the Syrian refugee program; and 60 percent disapprove of his building the wall on the Mexican border.

Overall, 52 percent of Americans give Trump a negative job rating.  Trump reached majority disapproval in just 8 days into his presidency, which is the earliest any president has reached majority disapproval since Gallup started this tracking poll in 1945.

A CNN/ORC poll reported also found a majority of 53 percent of citizens disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job.  That poll also reported that overall, 44 percent approve of the way he's handling the job, which is seven points below the previous low-point of 51 percent. 

Partisanship is the sharpest divider in opinions on Trump’s approval rating (90 percent of Republicans approve vs. 10 percent of Democrats).

Several specific actions that Trump took in his first two weeks are also meeting with majority opposition.  Most Americans oppose the travel restrictions put in place by executive order, and 55 percent say they see it as an attempt to ban Muslims from entering the US.  Further, 6o percent oppose Trump's plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

The public is more closely divided on whether the travel ban order makes the US safer or protects American values, two arguments the Trump administration has put forth in support of the order.  About 41 percent agree with the Trump administration's contention that the ban makes the US safer from terrorism, while more 46 percent say it makes the US less safe from terrorism and another 12 percent say it doesn't make a difference. 


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