Let’s face it: Donald Trump is a failure. With the 100-day mark of the Trump presidency around the corner, his aides are worried that the media narrative will depict his historically awful lack of accomplishments with highly unflattering levels of accuracy. But don’t tell that to President Trump. He knows the real problem is that the ‘fake news media’ won’t acknowledge how terrific the start to his presidency has actually been in comparison with his loser predecessors.
But a new Gallup poll released this morning, however, strongly suggests that an increasing number of Americans just don’t believe Trump’s lies about his presidency anymore. It finds that only 45 percent of Americans think Trump keeps his promises, down from 62 percent in February, an astonishing slide of 17 points.
That same poll found a dip in the percentage saying Trump “can bring about positive changes this country needs,” from 53% in February to 46% now.
Further, a Pew Research Center poll also released Monday finds fewer now feel confident that Trump will work effectively with Congress — from 60% expressing at least some confidence in that about a month after his election down to 46% now.
Faith in Trump’s ability to bring change and deliver on promises to reinvigorate the job market, change the health care system and revise the nation’s trade policies were among the few rallying points for Trump during his transition to the presidency.
But after nearly three months in office, during which Trump has dialed back or reversed several high-profile campaign promises amid a bruising battle with Republicans in Congress over an effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, those numbers are falling.
Trump’s approval ratings started off lower than those of any other rookie president, and have remained largely below previous presidents’ marks the entire time he’s held office. His numbers on honesty and trustworthiness hover around their campaign lows. Considering his temperament — a critical weak point during the campaign — Pew finds that his time as President has seen an increase in the share who call him “too impulsive.”
The declines are coming across partisan lines. The share who think Trump keeps his promises in the Gallup survey dipped 21 points among Democrats and 11 points among Republicans.
The poll suggests that even Republicans are finally realizing the sad truth: Trump is selling false promises about a better healthcare plan, bringing jobs roaring back and trying to help Republicans cut the safety net. His only plan is to cut taxes on the rich, which could produce a doubly cruel outcome.