Gallup poll: More Americans say Trump doesn't keep promises

By Allen Cone  |  April 17, 2017 at 3:13 PM
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April 17 (UPI) -- More Americans surveyed in a new Gallup poll say President Donald Trump doesn't keep his promises.

In a poll conducted April 5-9, 45 percent said Trump keeps his promises. That compares with 62 percent from Feb. 1-5 among a random sample of 1,019 adults, age 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

The poll surveyed respondents on six traits in regard to Trump. Most, 52 percent, said he is a strong and decisive leader. That is 7 points below February's result.

The other traits surveyed whether Trump:

Can bring about changes this country needs -- 46 percent in April vs. 53 percent in February.

Is honest and trustworthy -- 36 percent in April vs. 42 percent in February.

Cares about the needs of people like you -- 42 percent in April vs. 46 percent in February.

Can manage the government effectively -- 41 percent in April vs. 44 percent in February.

The president's latest approval rating was around 40 percent from April 5-9 compared with 42 percent two months ago. In overall favorability, it was 45 percent this month and 46 percent in February.

More men (51 percent) than women (40 percent) said he keeps his promises. That represents a 25 percent decline among women and 8 percent among men.

Eighty-one percent of Republicans say he keeps his promises but it was even higher in February at 92 percent. Only 16 percent of Democrats say he keeps his promises, compared to 37 percent in February.

His support among people 55 and older on keeping his promises declined from 64 percent to 52 percent. For those 18-34, it was 34 percent for that question this month and for those 35-54 it's 47 percent.

Trump went into office with several executive orders.

"Regardless of whether they agreed with those actions, Americans appeared to take them as evidence Trump was keeping his campaign pledges to fundamentally alter the course of the federal government," Gallup's Jim Norman wrote in a press release.

But he has faced numerous challenges in office.

"Political friends and foes alike have complained that Trump is not carrying out the promises he made on the campaign trail," Gallup wrote. "Supporters have expressed unhappiness that more has not been done on taxes and immigration, in addition to healthcare. Opponents say he has not protected middle- and working-class Americans."

One day after five days of polling began, on April 6, the United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria in response to a chemical attack on civilians that killed more than 100 people. Fifty percent of Americans approve of the missile strikes, compared with 41 disapproval and 10 percent with no opinion in a Gallup survey.

The margin of error in the poll on traits is 4 percentage points.

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