- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A new Gallup poll headline has the news: “Americans say Trump keeps promises, is a strong leader.”

In an analysis, Gallup poll director Frank Newport writes: “Majorities of Americans believe President Trump keeps his promises, is a strong and decisive leader, and can bring about changes the country needs.”

The numbers indeed show a nation that appears more receptive to Mr. Trump than press coverage would indicate. It also illustrates that the stark divide between the political parties has grown razor sharp. Republican agreement with the positive qualities in the survey soars to above 90 percent — and falls as low as 8 percent among Democrats.

Mr. Newport points out Americans overall give Mr. Trump lesser scores for his efficiency and honesty among other things. Democrats agree with the lower scores, Republicans don’t. Here’s what the poll found:

• 62 percent of Americans say President Trump “keeps his promises”; 91 percent of Republicans, 36 percent of Democrats agree.



• 59 percent of Americans overall call Mr. Trump a “strong and decisive leader”; 94 percent of Republicans, 29 percent of Democrats agree.

• 53 percent overall say he can bring about change “this country needs”; 93 percent of Republicans, 20 percent of Democrats agree.

• 46 percent overall say he cares about everyday people; 89 percent of Republicans, 9 percent of Democrats agree.

• 44 percent say Mr. Trump can manage the government effectively; 86 percent of Republicans and 8 percent of Democrats agree.

• 44 percent overall say Mr. Trump “inspires confidence”; 81 percent of Republicans, 13 percent of Democrats agree.

• 42 percent overall say he is “honest and trustworthy”; 81 percent of Republicans, 9 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,035 U.S. adults conducted Feb. 1-5 and released Tuesday.

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