Gallup: Majority Of Americans View Trump As A Strong Leader Who Keeps His Promises

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Feb 17, 2017 8:30 AM
Gallup: Majority Of Americans View Trump As A Strong Leader Who Keeps His Promises

Love him or hate him—Donald Trump is president of the United States. His approval ratings are not the best, though a majority of voters view the president as a strong and decisive leader who keeps his promises, despite intense dislike from some. Even among Democrats, they find Trump fits those descriptions at 29 and 36 percent respectively. That’s a significant proportion of liberal voters who despise the man. Republicans obviously give the president higher marks, but Gallup also noted that when it comes to questions about caring about people like me, could bring change, and honesty—Trump has improved:

Majorities of Americans believe President Donald Trump keeps his promises, is a strong and decisive leader, and can bring about changes the country needs. Trump scores worse on other characteristics and qualities: Less than half of Americans perceive him as honest and trustworthy, able to manage the government effectively, inspiring confidence and caring about the needs of people like themselves.

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The characteristics that Americans are most likely to say apply to Trump clearly reflect the key message of his inaugural address and his actions since taking office over three weeks ago. He made a large number of promises during his presidential campaign, and Americans give him the most credit for following through on those promises. His series of executive orders and Cabinet appointments show a president who is decisive and trying to bring about change, also qualities that a majority of Americans (59% and 53%, respectively) say apply to him.

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Trump begins his presidency with a majority of the public believing that he keeps his promises, is a strong leader and can bring about needed changes. These traits fit well with his steady stream of sometimes controversial executive orders that have reflected what he said he would do during his campaign, continuing to exemplify a "bull in the china shop" style and persona.

At the same time, Americans' acknowledgment of Trump's dynamic leadership style and keeping his promises has not translated into the same level of overall approval of his performance as president, either because of these style considerations or because Americans disagree with the substance of his policy decisions.

Well, on that latter part, he has three years to convince the American people.