New polling indicates that a majority of Americans view President Donald Trump as a strong leader who can usher in the changes that he has promised for the country. However, the data also indicates that a majority of Americans do not believe that the president cares about the average American, that he can manage the federal government, or that he is honest.
On Feb. 13, a new survey conducted by Gallup found that 62 percent of national adults believe that Trump is a figure who keeps his promises while only 36 percent are skeptical of him delivering on his campaign pledges. Meanwhile, 59 percent of respondents said that he is a strong and decisive leader while 40 percent think he falls short.
The data also found that 59 percent of Americans predict that Trump is capable of bringing about needed change to the U.S. while 46 disagreed.
The president fared less well on some other metrics. Only 46 percent of respondents said they believe that he cares about the needs of people like themselves while 54 percent perceive him to be indifferent to their issues.
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Trump only inspires confidence in 44 percent of American adults, while 55 percent are not feeling particularly confident about his performance. Similarly, 44 percent of respondents think that the commander-in-chief can manage the government effectively while 55 percent believe that he is not up to the task.
The president scored the worst on the issue of honesty, with only 42 percent of respondents believing him to be trustworthy while 57 percent view him as loose with the truth.
The survey data found that there is a profound partisan split in how respondents view Trump. While the lowest positive majority he scored among self-identified Republicans was 81 percent -- for both inspiring confidence and trustworthiness -- the most positive consensus among self-identified Democrats was that 36 percent believe Trump follows through on his promises.
Republicans' perception of the president has improved since he won the presidential election. Compared to polling on the same metrics taken in September 2016, Trump's score has improved on all fronts among Republicans and Republican-leaners.
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Trump's job approval rating remains divisive for a new president. As of Feb. 13, Gallup found that only 40 percent of Americans approve of his performance while 54 percent disapproved.
Aggregating 11 national surveys released between Jan. 15 through Feb. 8, RealClearPolitics found that Trump has an average favorability rating of 42.4 percent, while an average 50 percent view him unfavorably.
On Feb. 6, the president took to social media to dismiss his negative polling, pointing to how the majority of surveys had forecast him to lose the 2016 presidential election, The Hill reports.
"Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election," Trump tweeted out.