Despite the media-hyped controversy that’s so far surrounded the fledgling Trump administration still less than one month into his first term, it looks like Donald Trump may yet be winning over public opinion when it comes to how the average American sees our 45th president.
According to a recent poll from Gallup, Trump has continued to gain ground with Americans across several favorability categories, including those who see him as a strong leader, an honest man and a president who can bring about much-needed change in the United States. In fact, the number of Democrats who now say Trump can bring about needed change in America has more than doubled since September.
Gallup’s survey of 1,035 adults across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. found that 53 percent majority of Americans polled also say they believe Trump can “bring about the changes this country needs,” up from just 40 percent as of mid-September of last year.
Interestingly, while only 20 percent of Democrats agreed with this statement, that number has risen significantly from just nine percent in September. In fact, Gallup even noted that this is the only category in their survey that showed a change in Democrats’ collective opinion, meaning that even those Democrats who still think Trump is untrustworthy and incompetent have begrudgingly begun admitting he might be able to do some good for the country.
The poll also found that 62 percent of Americans now say they believe Trump keeps his promises, including 36 percent of Democrats and 91 percent of Republicans.
Trump has also gained ground with those who say he “cares about the needs of people like you,” rising from 37 percent in September to 46 percent in the first week of February.
Additionally, 42 percent of Americans now say they believe Trump is “honest and trustworthy,” compared to just 33 percent who said the same in September.
Now just four weeks into his presidency, Trump’s administration has so far faced a slew of backlash from anti-Trump protesters over his immigration policies, heavy criticism over his cabinet and administrative nominees, and a hostile liberal media hell-bent on proving their post-inauguration doomsday predictions (not to mention more than a few attacks from Hollywood).
However, if Gallup’s surveys are any indication (such as this one showing Congressional approval spiking post-Trump’s inauguration) the American people are more and more optimistic about the future under a President Trump.