People are crunching the data as President Trump‘s first-100 days in office approaches, and no amount of Trumpian spin can put a good look on a stunning lack of accomplishments. Now according to a new poll, more and more Trump supporters are beginning to lose trust in the President.
A Gallup poll released this Monday titled “Majority in US No Longer Thinks Trump Keeps His Promises,” shows that the number of Americans who believe Trump can keep his promises has dropped from 62 percent in February to 45 percent.
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As noted by the Washington Post, the drop has been 11 points among Republicans and 9 points among conservatives.
Meanwhile, among Americans overall, there has been a 7-point drop in those who think Trump can bring about the change this country needs, from 53 percent to 46 percent, and a 6-point drop in those who think that Trump is honest and trustworthy, from 42 percent to 36 percent.
Republicans in Washington are nervous about the President’s performance as well. The Post reports that the GOP is worried that Trump’s lack of any significant legislative victory will destroy their hopes in 2018. “We can’t blame this on Barack Obama,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said to the Post. “We have to look in the mirror.”
“It’s important, however, to drill down with more precision on what it really means that Trump is failing to ‘keep his promises,'” writes the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent.
There are several ways this is occurring, and they are distinct from one another. First, Trump is explicitly adopting policy goals that contradict black-letter promises (the GOP health-care plan that he championed would roll back coverage for 24 million people and deeply cut Medicaid, after he vowed “insurance for everybody” and promised not to cut Medicaid). Second, he is failing to unite the party to accomplish generally promised goals (Republicans have yet to pass anything that can satisfy the baseline need to be described as “repeal and replace”).
Third, other general promises may be in the process of running aground, or just disintegrating, now that the difficulties of translating them into detailed policy are proving that the original promises were unrealistic, rooted in bad faith or outright fantasies.