Since the 2016 United States Presidential elections that brought President Donald Trump into power as the 45thpresident of the United States, there have been mixed reactions on his ability to function as the foremost powerful man in the world.
The rise in Trump’s approval rating
Since the 2016 United States Presidential elections that brought President Donald Trump into power as the 45thpresident of the United States, there have been mixed reactions on his ability to function as the foremost powerful man in the world. The reason for these mixed reactions is not far-fetched as Hilary Clinton won the popular vote and Donald Trump won the presidency through the electoral college. After the 2016 election, there have been various reactions, both positive and negative concerning how President Trump is handling the presidency.
Opinions polls conducted by various news organizations serve as a public policy analysis tool that enables the government and political analysts alike to see the direction by which policies are headed and the peoples’ reactions to it. These ratings are also used to predict the viability of a current government to win another election.
For President Donald Trump, the approval rating has been on both highs and lows since the 2016 presidential elections. President Trump recent approval ratings came as high as 44% with the daily Rasmussen poll rating at 51% for the last Thursday. In comparison, Obama rating was at 45% as at Nov 2010, and George Bush’s approval ratings was at 66% in Nov 2002 (sourceGallup).
In particular, President Trump more than quadrupled his approval rating among the blacks, which came as a surprise because he won just 8% of their votes during the elections, but now, their approval rating has leaped very high to 36%. There is a growing movement among African Americans especially amongst young blacks, to leave the Democrat party. “Blexit” as the movement is known is rapidly catching on with black Americans. The president in his famous political address said to them “What do you have to lose?” a rallying cry for trying something new and fresh entirely apart from the age-old allegiance to Democrats. Several prominent black Americans like Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Candace Owens, Pastor Darrell Scott, are all actively working with the President and the administration to further the causes of the African American community.
The average white Americans that boosted Trump’s mandate during the election are still solidly behind him giving him a boost in the ratings.
For their part, the Republicans and President Trump enjoy this support as a result of successful policies on the economy which has tremendously turned around for the better. The Tax cut bill President Trump introduced helped the rating as it gave it a boost among the Republicans and independent voters who now have a turnaround and a change of heart in the ability of the president after he has failed to deliver a better health care bill during the first year. 49% of Americans rated Trump high in the way he has handled the economy. This did not come as a surprise because Trump was a successful billionaire with investments in real estate, travel and entertainment sectors before he became president. Trump has ensured that American jobs now stay in America and the current trade war with China has surprisingly bolstered the economy which has given the people confidence in him. The administration has reached new trade agreements with Mexico, Canada, Europe, and although there is no agreement yet with China, most analysts expect that this agreement too will be worked out in a short time.
Another remarkable event that increased Trump’s rating is the Senate confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who is the nominee of the president into the Supreme Court. The confirmation came against the backdrop of sexual assault allegations which was leveled against the Justice. The confirmation was a close call (50-48) within the Senate.
There is a substantial positive effect on the overall relationship between North Korea and the United States, and once again, there seems to be peace in the Korean peninsula and the South China Sea. Before this administration, the conflict with North Korea seemed to only escalate at every turn. People grudgingly acknowledge that while these discussions have not yet led to denuclearized North Korea, we have certainly seen a halt in the escalation of war rhetoric and nuclear testing, and it has resulted in North Korea’s planned participation in the next Olympics, all thanks to President Trump’s tenacity for a denuclearized North Korea.
President Trump’s relatively high approval rating is an indication that Americans love him-maybe not everybody. This rise in approval ratings of the president is also an indication that as long as the economy continues to grow, and the Republicans move forward with favorable policies that are making positive impacts in the life of the average American, the people do not care about the scandals. And the people are now getting used to the “fake news” of the media. The president may not have the best of personalities, but improving ratings show that they believe he can get things done, and that is enough for them. Given their experience with him so far, they implicitly know, he is looking out for them with his America First agenda.
President Trump’s and the Republicans ratings will continue to improve as several of the deregulation actions taken in the first two years come to effect and have a positive effect on the quality of life of the average American. Addressing Healthcare and immigration challenges in the next two years will bolster their chances in the 2020 elections. Of course, the economy and jobs will play a significant role in people’s continued approval.
One thing is sure, while the President has shown that he has got the support all Republicans, many independents, and minorities, it is less than likely that he will make any dents in the lack of support from the Democrats in today’s polarized political landscape.