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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 11:40 AM

Trump's approval ratings his first year. Sound familiar?

As he approaches the first anniversary of his election victory over Hillary Clinton, President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have hit historic lows.

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 59% disapprove of Trump’s handling of the presidency — the worst of any president at nine months in office since modern polling began. Of those who disapprove, 50% say they do so strongly. Only 37% of those polled approve of Trump’s performance in office.

A record percentage of respondents (65%) do not think that Trump is “honest and trustworthy,” up from 58% in April 2017, while a third say he does have these characteristics. Two-thirds say they do not think Trump “has the kind of personality and temperament it takes to serve effectively as president.”

Expectations for Trump’s presidency have also dropped significantly since before he took office in January. Prior to his inauguration, 61% thought he’d do an excellent or good job on the economy, while only 44% feel he is doing that well now. Fifty-six percent expected he’d do good work dealing with terrorism, while only 43% say he is doing so now. Expectations on his handling of race relations have dropped 12%; on improving the health care system, they’ve dropped by 18%.

Source: CNN

I'm starting to wonder if this is the new normal.

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Reply Trump's approval ratings his first year. Sound familiar? (Original post)
shrike3 Jan 2022 OP
TreasonousBastard Jan 2022 #1
MichMan Jan 2022 #2
jcgoldie Jan 2022 #3
moondust Jan 2022 #4

Response to shrike3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 11:58 AM

1. It may be. Note that we are experiencing a time of unusual lack of belief in...

what we used to believe in. Or anything at al, except Dr. Oz and Hannity. Lack of any sort of structured belief gives us unstructured belief, which leads to Trumpism. ("Trumpism" sounds too much like a disease, which I suppose it is.)

The government is untrustworthy, we have no 'watchdogs' like the press to believe in, even our doctors and scientists are suspect. Maybe our neighbors we can trust. Maybe.

Religion? Hah! That's slid more than the rest. We used to get comfort from our religious beliefs, but now they are more to do battle with an irreligious world. Or those in the wrong religion. Our religions have all slunk back to the time of the Spanish Inquisition and comfort is the last thing we expect from them. It follows that comfort is the last thing we get from them.

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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 12:20 PM

2. And Republicans lost the midterms while Trump lost the election

Not a good predictor I hope

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Response to shrike3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 12:23 PM

3. The difference...

... Trump's numbers were in the gutter because he was acting like a certifiable loon who had no business being president.

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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 12:56 PM

4. The age of instant gratification.

Some people may be so accustomed to computers and smartphones delivering what they want almost instantaneously that their expectations in general have become warped. GQPers especially have never been known for their patience in dealing with complex issues.

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