Polls: How Americans Feel A Year After Trump's Victory

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On the eve of the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's election victory, polling indicates that a majority of Americans are unsatisfied with his administration so far. Voters in counties that helped Trump assume the Oval Office are split on whether or not he has helped the country.

On Nov. 8, 2016, Trump defied polling expectations and won the presidency over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. While Clinton garnered nearly 3 million more raw votes, Trump secured the White House by capturing 306 electoral votes against 232 for Clinton, according to CNN.

"Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division," Trump said during his acceptance speech, The Washington Post reports. "I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me."

On Nov. 7, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that surveyed residents of 438 counties that had swung or surged for Trump during the 2016 election found that many of the voters who had handed the president the Oval Office were not satisfied with the direction of the country one year later.

The survey found that 32 percent of respondents believed that the country was better off after Trump was elected, 26 percent believed it had remained the same, and 41 percent thought it was worse off, NBC News reports.

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The poll also found that 48 percent of respondents from these Trump-friendly counties approved of the president's job performance, while 50 percent disapproved. Slightly more than half -- 53 percent -- said that Trump did not have a clear agenda.

When asking about specific issues, the survey found that respondents gave Trump the highest marks on how he handled the economy but were not convinced that he could be a unifying figure.

Poll data showed that 56 percent of respondents from Trump-friendly counties were satisfied with the country's economic improvement and 55 percent said Trump was keeping America safe. Respondents were evenly split on how Trump was addressing immigration and border security, with 49 percent satisfied and 49 percent dissatisfied.

Meanwhile, 57 percent were dissatisfied with how Trump was impacting America's image around the world, 60 percent said he was not uniting the country, and 59 percent were not pleased with his approach to race relations. Only 37 percent were satisfied with his efforts to improve health care, while 59 percent were dissatisfied.

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On Nov. 5, a Washington Post/ABC News survey found that 44 percent of respondents approved of how Trump was handling the economy and 43 percent approved of how he dealt with terrorism. Only 28 percent said he was handling race relations well and 26 percent disapproved of his approach to changing the health care system.

The poll found significant partisan splits in opinions on Trump, with 88 percent of Democrats disapproving of Trump's job performance and 79 percent of Republicans approving. A third of independents approved of the president while 63 percent disapproved. The survey found that the vast majority of self-identified Trump voters were satisfied by his performance, with 91 percent approving and 7 percent disapproving.

Trump's poll numbers have significantly dropped from earlier in the year. Just after Trump took office on Jan. 20, a Jan. 22 Gallup daily tracking poll found that 45 percent of national adults approved of Trump's job performance and 45 percent disapproved. On Nov. 6, Gallup found that 37 percent of respondents approved of Trump, while 57 percent disapproved.

Sources: CNNGallupNBC News, The Washington Post (2) / Featured Image: Michael Vadon/Flickr / Embedded Images: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons, Cristian L. Ricardo/Wikimedia Commons

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