Poll: Americans optimistic about Trump presidency

President-elect still viewed more unfavorably than favorably, however

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

HAMDEN, Conn. (WWLP) – With the presidential election now behind us, a majority of Americans are feeling good about a Trump presidency. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday says that 59% of voters are “optimistic about the next four years with Donald Trump as president.” Sixty-six percent of respondents said they believed he would create jobs, 52% said that they think Trump’s policies will help the economy, 53% expressed confidence that he will take the country in the right direction, and 49% think that Trump will be either a “great” president or a “good” president.

Still, not all the news is good for the president-elect. His overall favorability is still net-negative, though only slightly. Forty-four percent of respondents said that they had a positive view of Trump, with 46% saying they view the incoming commander-in-chief unfavorably. More than 50% of respondents also said that they do not believe he is honest, that he is not level-headed, and that he needs to shut down his personal Twitter account.

Some of the poll’s findings:

  • 59% say they are “optimistic about the next four years with Donald Trump as president,” 37% say they are not optimistic
  • 46% of respondents said they have a negative view of Trump, with 44% viewing the president-elect positively
  • 17% say he will be a “great” president, 32% say he will be a “good” president, 17% say he will be “not-so-good”, and 26% say he will be a “bad” president
  • 52% said Trump is not honest, while 42% say he is honest
  • 74% said Trump is intelligent, 21% said he is not intelligent
  • 57% believe Trump is not level-headed, 38% said that he is level-headed
  • 59% believe he should delete his personal Twitter account, while 35% said he should keep it
  • 39% say Trump’s election makes them feel “less safe,” while 32% feel “just as safe” as before, and 29% feel “more safe.”

“The consensus among voters: He won’t get Mexico to pay for the wall and he won’t take out ISIS. He’s not honest, nor is he level-headed,” said Tim Malloy, Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “But he’s got strength and leadership. His promise of more jobs and a better economy carry a lot of weight.”

The survey was conducted between November 17 and 20 and included responses from 1,071 voters. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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