Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gallup: 59% of all Americans and 94% of Republicans/leaners believe President Trump is strong and decisive leader. 53% of all Americans and 93% of Republicans/leaners say he can bring changes the country needs-Gallup poll, 2/13/17, interviews Feb. 1-5

"He made a large number of promises during his presidential campaign, and Americans give him the most credit for following through on those promises."

2/13/17, "Americans Say Trump Keeps Promises, Is Strong Leader," Gallup, Frank Newport

"62% of Americans say Trump keeps his promises; 42% believe he is honest.

Trump rated better now than before the election on five qualities

Republicans much more positive than Democrats"

"Majorities of Americans believe President Donald Trump keeps his promises, is a strong and decisive leader, and can bring about changes the country needs. Trump scores worse on other characteristics and qualities: Less than half of Americans perceive him as honest and trustworthy, able to manage the government effectively, inspiring confidence and caring about the needs of people like themselves.

These results are based on Gallup interviewing conducted Feb. 1-5, updating Americans' views of Trump on seven presidential qualities and characteristics, including five that Gallup assessed during the presidential campaign. The characteristics that Americans are most likely to say apply to Trump clearly reflect the key message of his inaugural address and his actions since taking office over three weeks ago. He made a large number of promises during his presidential campaign, and Americans give him the most credit for following through on those promises. His series of executive orders and Cabinet appointments show a president who is decisive and trying to bring about change, also qualities that a majority of Americans (59% and 53%, respectively) say apply to him....

Republicans, Democrats See a Different Trump

Large majorities of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say all seven characteristics apply to Trump, ranging from 94% who say he is a strong and decisive leader, to 81% who say he inspires confidence and is honest and trustworthy. Democrats and Democratic leaners are much less positive in general, but, on a relative basis, are most likely to say that Trump keeps his promises -- 36% say this applies. Also, 29% of Democrats believe Trump is a strong and decisive leader, and 20% say he can bring about the changes the country needs. Thirteen percent or less say the other four characteristics apply to Trump....

Republicans have become more positive about Trump generally since the election, and one would expect that they would also become more positive about him on these specific qualities -- as they have. Gallup measured Trump on five of these characteristics before the election, and Republicans are more likely to say each of these applies to Trump now than they were five months ago. Democrats' pre-election ratings have generally stayed the same or edged slightly lower since he became president.

Trump qualities and characteristics trends: % applies to Donald Trump:...

The percentage of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who say Trump can bring about change has increased from 9% to 20% since September; for Republicans and leaners, the increase is 18 percentage points (from 75% to 93%)....
Bottom Line 

Trump begins his presidency with a majority of the public believing that he keeps his promises, is a strong leader and can bring about needed changes. These traits fit well with his steady stream of sometimes controversial executive orders that have reflected what he said he would do during his campaign."...charts, images from Gallup

"These data are available in Gallup Analytics."


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