March 2, 2017 By FTI Consulting
“Fair to say he was inaugurated in January but he became President last night!”
– Kristina Moore, 3/1/2017
Trump delivered a speech on Tuesday night (2/28) before a Joint Session of Congress. According to the CNN/ORC Poll which surveyed 509 American “speech-watchers,” President Trump hit a home run with his major speech, with 7-in-10 speech-watchers saying Trump boosted optimism.
This is a national survey of adults who watched Trump’s Address to Congress, i.e. “speech watchers.” As such, the sample is more Republican and less Democrat than what would be the case in a typical national survey of voters.
The RealClearPolitics average shows that Trump’s approval rating is at 44%, making him the first president of the post-World War II era with a net negative approval rating in his first gauge of public opinion.
President Trump remains a controversial figure one month into his new role as President. Thus far, there’s at least some ability for Americans to separate the message from the messenger.
A recent POLITICO/Morning Consult poll explored 2,013 registered voters’ attitudes towards the Affordable Care Act.
For President Trump and Republicans in Congress there’s little but pain that lies ahead in threading the needle on what comes after ObamaCare.
A recent survey by Rasmussen Reports among 1,000 American Adults found that most people do not want to pay more in taxes to fund the rebuilding of infrastructure.
The Address to Congress revealed Trump’s commitment to investing in our nation’s infrastructure in a way that mirrors Eisenhower’s creation of the interstate highway. However this commitment is up against Americans’ sensitivity and reluctance to increases in taxes.
A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of 1,000 American Adults reveals that public support for free trade has grown in recent years.
Free trade has seen an increase in support from both parties over the past year, however, the increase is anchored by Democrats more so than Republicans. Given this support, as well as Trump’s comments and rhetoric surrounding the issue, free trade is an issue to watch.