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Poll: Only 25 Percent Say Trump Keeps His Promises

| by Robert Fowler

New polling indicates that only a quarter of Americans believe that President Donald Trump is keeping his promises, although a majority of his supporters say that he is following through on his campaign pledges. The data arrive as Trump nears the end of his first 100 days in office, with both his critics and allies weighing in on how he has fared so far.

On April 24, a new TIME-SurveyMonkey poll found that only 25 percent of national adults believe that Trump "keeps his promises."

The data mark a dip by six percentage points in perception of the president being a man of his word. In February, a survey conducted by the same polling group found that 31 percent of respondents said that Trump kept his promises, according to TIME.

The latest polling found that only 26 percent of respondents thought that Trump has accomplished the majority of what he had promised he would do within his first 100 days in office, compared to the 40 percent from a January who believed he would achieve the majority of his agenda during that timeframe.

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Meanwhile, 47 percent of respondents said that Trump was somewhat or very competent, while 49 percent believed that he tilted more towards incompetence.

While the survey found that 47 percent of overall respondents approved of Trump while 52 percent disapproved, it also found that the vast majority who put him in office do not have buyer's remorse. Only three percent of self-identified Trump voters said that they regretted casting a ballot for him.

April 29 will mark Trump's 100th day as Commander in Chief. Since former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the first 100 days of a new administration has been treated as an important stage of assessment.

Trump has been critical of the tradition of judging a president so early into their first term. On April 24, he asserted that it was an arbitrary metric.

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"I think the 100 days is, you know, it's an artificial barrier," Trump told the AP. "It's not very meaningful."

The Senate Minority Leader, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, has blasted Trump's record of achievements during his first three months in office.

On April 24, Schumer asserted that the president was not following through on his promises to the Americans who had voted for him.

"When [Trump] ran, he ran as a populist against... the Democratic and Republican establishments to help working people," Schumer told MSNBC. "No, promise after promise has been broken... If the first 100 days is any indication, we're just headed to failure."

That same day, White House press secretary Sean Spicer expressed belief that Trump had accomplished far more than his critics suggested.

"You can cherry pick any couple of things and say, 'Okay, well what about this or that?'" Spicer said, according to the Washington Examiner. "But I think when you look at it overall... the accomplishments this president has had on protecting the country and bringing back jobs... those have been unbelievably significant."

The Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website PolitiFact has compiled all of the promises Trump made on the campaign trail and routinely monitors pledges that have been kept or broken.

As of April 25, PolitiFact has determined that Trump has kept 5.9 percent of his promises, compromised on 1 percent and broken 2 percent of them so far. They also determined that 13.9 percent of his promises had been stalled by political hurdles.

50.5 percent of the president's total promises have not even received a rating. It has only been less than 100 days, after all.

Sources: AP, MSNBC/YoutubePolitiFactTIME, Washington Examiner / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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