Six months into Trump’s presidency of the United States, a poll this week has painted a pretty confusing picture of how Americans feel about his work so far.
Turns out that although almost 60 per cent of Americans think they’re moving closer to realizing their own career and financial aspirations; the same amount of people think the nation as a whole is ‘headed down the wrong path’.
It might be that although people feel they’re doing okay, they don’t necessarily credit Trump for their success. When they’re asked about ‘the economy’ as a whole, answers seem to be pretty positive – but as soon as Trump’s name is brought in, people get a bit more sceptical.
At 36 per cent, his approval rating is the lowest six-month rating of any president in the last 70 years. And less than a third of people feel like he’s spending a lot of time focusing on issues important to average Americans.
On health care, making Mexico pay for the wall, and the other big things that have been dominating headlines since Trump took office, people seem to be losing faith. 64 per cent disapprove of what he’s doing with healthcare, and two thirds don’t think he’ll manage to get Mexico to pay for the wall.
But ever since he failed to push through the long (really long) list of things he said he’d do in his first 100 days, people have been watching closely to see if he follows up on his promises.
The main things he said he’d do in relation to the economy were reforming taxes, taking away rules and
that restrict what businesses can do, and creating more ‘infrastructure’ – roads, manufacturing centers, and so on, to make America more productive. He hasn’t actually done much of that yet, largely because people in the White House are having a very hard time agreeing with each other on the details of how his ideas would actually pan out.
They're not being super subtle about those disagreeements, and it looks like Americans have noticed. Only 21 per cent agree with the statement that ‘Republicans and Democrats will work together in the benefit of the American people’ in the next few years. So much for trusting our politicians to do what's best for the nation...