Donald Trump’s new year is starting off with more of a whimper than a bang after a new Gallup poll revealed how much confidence Americans have in the billionaire’s ability to perform his presidential duties.
The Gallup poll released on Monday indicates that the majority of Americans place significantly less faith in Trump’s future presidency than had been the case with previous administrations. In fact, only 44 percent believed that Trump would avoid major scandals during his term, and 46 percent voice their confidence in his ability to handle an international crisis. Meanwhile, 47 percent think that he’ll use military force judiciously.
However, when the same questions were asked at the start of President Barrack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush’s terms, about three-quarters of American voters said that they were confident in those newly elected presidents’ competence in those areas.
When Gallup put Trump head to head with previous administrations in their confidence polling, they found an astounding gap between Trump and the past three administrations. The incoming president is down by as much as 32 points when it comes to his ability to avoid scandals in his administration. Trump also suffers a 29-point gap in his ability to use military force wisely, and a 28-point gap related to his competency in managing the Oval Office.
However, there is some good news for Trump.
Nearly 60 percent of those polled believe that Trump will be able to get laws passed in Congress. Of course, that probably has something to do with the fact that both houses will have Republican majorities. Unfortunately for Trump, even that favorable statistic fell short of the confidence they had in Obama, Bush, and Clinton to work with Congress. Those three presidents were polled at 82 percent, 22 points higher than Trump and none of those leaders enjoyed the advantage of having their party control both houses during their incoming administrations.
The data also indicates that Trump will have to govern a more divided America than when either Bush or Obama came into office. Only 21 percent of Democrats believe Trump’s competent enough to handle his presidential duties. By contrast, almost two-thirds of Republicans expressed confidence in Obama’s ability to do his job; those numbers were also reflected regarding Bush and Democrats.
Trump also suffers a confidence deficit from members of his own party, as only 84 percent have confidence in Trump’s competence as president, compared to 94 percent of Democrats’ confidence in Obama, and 95 percent of Republicans who trusted Bush’s abilities.
The poll sampled 1,028 adults and had a margin of error of =/- 4 percent.
It’s clear that America is at a point in history where uncertainty in the future of the republic may be at an all-time high. But don’t expect Trump to alleviate those concerns anytime soon.
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