Does Trump keep his promises? Poll finds big shift in opinion

Laura Christensen
April 19, 2017

Fewer Americans think President Trump keeps his promises than two months ago, according to a new Gallup poll. Traditional phone polls that use live interviewers report limited support for Trump, however, automated phone and internet-based surveys show higher approval ratings for Trump, perhaps because of the element of anonymity.

The poll, which was conducted on April 5-9, shows that only 45 per cent of Americans believe that Trump "keeps his promises". For the past three weeks, the Economist/YouGov poll has found that just 50 or 51 percent of US adults said Trump was either a "very strong" or "somewhat strong" leader in a question about leadership qualities, down from 61 percent in the results after his inauguration.

In February, 62 percent of those polled said they thought President Trump kept his promises.

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And while the overall approval ratings are ticking up, another Gallup poll shows Americans are still concerned about Trump. Only 36% of respondents believe the president is honest and trustworthy, down from 42% in February. At the start of April, Gallup had Trump's approval rating at 38 percent, among the lowest numbers of his young presidency. Only 30 percent disapproved of George W. Bush's performance, and a mere 19 percent disapproved of Ronald Reagan at this point in his second week in April.

Meanwhile, his opponents argue he has not protected middle- and working-class Americans.

Political friends and foes alike have complained that Trump is not carrying out the promises he made on the campaign trail. Men, Republicans, older adults and conservatives all saw between 8% and 12% drop in confidence. "A majority of Americans viewed him unfavorably before his inauguration, and this continues to be true today". A majority of the public initially gave Trump credit for appearing to keep his promises early in his presidency, but that too has declined, Gallup noted.

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