Poll: Public Opinion of Trump Improves; Voters Doubt He Will Build the Wall

A supporter shows a Donald Trump "Make America Great Again," flag before a campaign rally, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

President-elect Donald Trump’s image improved since the election, but most people do not think he will build a wall along the southern border with Mexico, according to a George Washington University Battleground Poll.

Forty-five percent of voters hold a favorable opinion of Trump, which is a nine point increase since October, when 36 percent held a favorable view of him. Forty-nine percent of people currently have an unfavorable view of Trump.

Voters were mixed on their opinions of a Trump presidency. When asked about the Republican Party controlling the White House and Congress, 49 percent of voters said they were “concerned or scared,” while 47 percent said they were “excited or hopeful.”

“It’s clear that the campaigns and the election results have jarred the nation,” stated Michael Cornfield, associate professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, who also serves as research director of the university’s Center for Political Management.

Cornfield added:

Twice as many registered voters chose “scared” over “excited” as their foremost emotional reaction. “Division in the country” was the top issue they want the new administration and Congress to address. The anxious mood presents an opportunity for leadership through reassuring language and transparent policymaking.

Fifty-five percent of voters polled said they do not think it is likely that Trump will build the wall along the southern border, which was one of his signature campaign promises. Seventy-nine percent believe he will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which was also one of Trump’s signature promises during his campaign.

The poll questioned 1,000 registered voters from November 28 to December 1. The results have a plus or minus 3.1 percent margin of error.


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