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Poll: Trump Making Good On Campaign Promises

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump might be one of the most controversial figures in the U.S. today, but most Americans say they're not surprised by his actions and that he's doing as he promised during his presidential campaign.

According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll, 56 percent of 2,000 registered voters said Trump is living up to the promises he made during his 2016 campaign, while 66 percent said he has accomplished what they expected of him.

And overall, 50 percent of voters approve of Trump's job so far, while 45 percent disapprove.

"While Americans are divided on President Trump's policy agenda, most say he is making headway on it," said Morning Consult's Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp, according to Politico. "An overwhelming majority of Trump's supporters, and even many of his critics, see a president who is delivering on his promises."

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The Politico/Morning Consult poll is an improvement on the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, which was released the same week.

In that poll, 44 percent of respondents approved of Trump's job performance, while 48 percent disapproved.

But different polls will inevitably show different results.

What has been consistent, is Trump's polarization among party loyalists. Democrats overwhelmingly disapprove of Trump, while Republicans overwhelmingly approve, despite there being many GOP members who were and, possibly still are, uncomfortable with the former reality TV show star being commander in chief.

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"One month into his presidency, his approval rating among people who identify with the opposite party is by far the lowest we’ve ever seen," Frank Newport, editor in chief of Gallup, told The New York Times.

"While there were deep divisions in the Republican Party during the campaign, it is clear that the GOP rank and file are well unified behind Trump," added Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School poll.

"That’s the result of the general trend toward polarization -- and Trump, the person," Newport said.

That polarization hasn't deterred Trump from doing what he said he would.

During the presidential campaign, one of Trump's most controversial promises was to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. And although it is only five weeks into his presidency, the Trump administration announced it will open bids to design the wall on March 6, reported PBS.

Republicans estimate the initial cost of the wall's construction will be between $12 and $15 billion.

Likely bidders for the project include Granite Construction Inc., Vulcan Materials Co. and Martin Marrieta Materials Inc. 

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