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Senior citizens, less educated about only ones happy with Trump transition

Pew Research finds most unhappy with President-elects performance so far

unhappy voterDec. 8, 2016 - Donald Trump is off to a rough start with his transition to be President of the United Stated. A solid majority of Americans are unhappy with his work. The only two groups solidly in his corner are the elderly and the least educated Americans - a solid base of his Republican party.

This extensive new study by the Pew Research Center finds that 55% of the public says that, so far, they disapprove of the job he has done explaining his policies and his plans for the future.  Only 41% approve of the job he has done making clear his “policies and plans.” That number is significantly lower than past presidents.

“In December 2008, 72% said they approved of the job then President-elect Obama had done explaining his plans and policies for the future. And in the wake of the disputed 2000 election, 50% said they approved of the job George W. Bush had done explaining his plans and policies,” according to the Pew analysis.

“In early 1989 and 1993, the public gave both George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton positive ratings for how they had communicated their future plans for the country: 62% approved of Clinton, and 65% approved of Bush (this measure for George H. W. Bush is from March 1989, after he took office).

“The partisan gap in ratings of the job Trump has done so far is wider than it has been for any prospective president dating to the 1988 election.”

Still strong support from Republicans

Pew found about eight-in-ten Republicans and Republican leaners (79%) say they approve of the job Trump has done explaining his policies and plans for the future to the American people; just 15% of Democrats and Democratic leaners say the same.

The 64-percentage point gap between the ratings offered by Republicans and Democrats is larger than the 44-percentage point gap in early reactions to Obama measured in December 2008 and the 48-percentage point gap in reactions to Bush measured in January 2001,” the analysis reveals.

“The current gap is driven in part by very low rating among Democrats: the 15% who approve of Trump’s early approach is lower than any rating given to a new president-elect by members of the losing party in recent elections (including the 29% of Democrats who approved of how Bush laid out his vision in January 2001).

“Trump also receives low marks for his initial cabinet choices and other high level appointments. By 51% to 40%, more say they disapprove than approve of the cabinet choices and appointments Trump has made so far. In contrast, majorities approved of the choices made by the past four president-elects. In fact, approval ratings for Trump’s cabinet choices are 18 points lower than for the next lowest-rated president-elect.

“Eight-in-ten Republicans and Republican leaners say they approve of Trump’s cabinet choices and other high level appointments. By contrast, just 11% of Democrats and Democratic leaners say they approve of these selections. Ratings among Democrats today are far lower than the 49% of Republicans who said they approved of Obama’s initial cabinet choices in December 2008 and the 44% of Democrats who said the approved of Bush’s selections in January 2001.”

>> The full report by Pew Research

 

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