- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Most Americans think President-elect Donald Trump will put country over his family’s bottom line when dealing with foreign leaders, according to a Bloomberg poll released Wednesday.

A majority — 51 percent — said they’re “very” or “mostly” confident Mr. Trump will put the country’s best interests ahead of his family’s finances when dealing with foreign leaders.

Mr. Trump says he’ll explain later this month how he plans to distance himself from his business empire as he prepares to enter the White House, and two-thirds of those surveyed said he needs to choose between being a president and being a businessman.

But 69 percent said they think it would go too far for Mr. Trump to sell all his businesses so neither he nor his family could potentially profit from his actions as president, compared to 26 percent who said he should sell his businesses.

Mr. Trump’s favorability rating also hit 50 percent in the poll — up from 33 percent in August.

Fifty-five percent of respondents said they are more optimistic about a Trump presidency because of his actions and statements since the election, compared to 35 percent who said they are more pessimistic.

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About three-quarters also said it’s acceptable for him to adjust his campaign pledges. For example, Mr. Trump has indicated he might pull back a bit on calling for further investigation and possible prosecution of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton over her private email server.

Fifty-seven percent said they don’t expect him to deport millions of illegal immigrants who live in the U.S., and 65 percent don’t expect him to build a pledged U.S.-Mexico border wall.

“The public seems to be giving him a long leash,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the survey. “Most Americans don’t seem concerned about him changing positions that were the core of his campaign.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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