If you were to only get your impression of how America feels about a Trump presidency post-election from the mainstream media, you’d assume most of the country hates the guy and are convinced the end is nigh.
However, that’s not actually the case.
In fact, you might be surprised about how folks are feeling about the president-elect and his upcoming administration.
As it turns out, 51 percent of Americans — that’s more than half, for those who are mathematically challenged — are feeling more confident than ever about Trump’s ability to serve in the highest office in the land.
Yes, and this includes some former Hillary supporters.
According to Gallup, Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults say they are “more confident” in President-elect Donald Trump’s ability to serve as president based on his statements and actions over the past few days. The percentage “more confident” in Trump a few days after his election is similar to ratings when Bill Clinton and George W. Bush won their respective elections in 1992 and 2000.
The fact that similar percentages of Americans say they have more confidence in Trump in the days after his election as did so for Bush and Clinton is notable, given that Trump is much less popular as president-elect than they were. Trump’s favorable rating measured 42% in the Nov. 9-13 survey, compared with Bush’s 59% and Clinton’s 58% after they were elected.
The difference between the 1992 and 2000 situations and today’s is that a higher percentage of Americans say Trump’s statements and actions over the past few days have made them “less confident” in his ability to serve as president than in those previous elections. Forty percent of Americans say they are “less confident” in Trump, as opposed to 28% for Bush in 2000 and 26% for Clinton in 1992. Fewer Americans say they have “no opinion” or say Trump’s actions and statements make “no difference” than was the case for the two former presidents.
Trump and Hillary Clinton voters differ significantly in their confidence in Trump’s ability to serve as president since the election. While 95% of Trump voters say they are “more confident” in the president-elect, 19% of Clinton voters say the same. Only 2% of Trump voters say they are “less confident” in Trump, but 75% of Clinton voters express less confidence.
With all of the recent choices Trump has been making in getting his administration ready for a transition of power come January, it’s not surprising to see folks coming on board with what he’s doing.
Mike Pence, the vice president-elect, took over the transition team this week and fired all of the lobbyists, a move that’s sure to please Americans who are tired of these individuals having such a loud voice in Washington.
Add to that the fact he’s got a number of respectable individuals he’s considering for his cabinet — like possibly Ted Cruz for Attorney General or John Bolton for Secretary of State just to name two off the top — and there’s lots of reason to be optimistic about the future.
[This article was written by Michael Cantrell]