Over half of Americans are optimistic about Republican Donald Trump’s first term as president of the United States, a new poll found Monday. However, many are unsure about Trump’s goals and vision for the country.
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 56 percent of those surveyed believe the real estate mogul is likely to have a successful first term while 39 percent think his first stint as POTUS will be unsuccessful. Voters had similar expectations during President Barack Obama’s second term in 2012 but in 2008, 67 percent believed Obama would have a successful first term.
Although 93 percent of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s supporters were unhappy that Trump won the 2016 election race, 58 percent said they are willing to give him a chance and see how he governs. But 39 percent of Clinton supporters said they couldn’t see themselves “giving Trump a chance because of the kind of person he has shown himself to be.”
Some voters (53 percent) also expressed their fear of a Trump presidency. The poll found that at least one in four voters feel either sad or scared about a Trump presidency. Ninety percent of Clinton supporters said they were uneasy about Trump in the Oval Office.
Trump said in his acceptance speech that he would be a president for all Americans and 51 percent of voters believe he will stand by that statement. But 46 percent said he will give more priority to his supporters than the rest.
As many as 48 percent of voters believe that Trump, who pitched himself as the anti-establishment candidate, would change Washington for the better but 25 percent believe that with Trump things may take a turn for the worse.
Voters (49 percent) are also unsure of what exactly Trump has planned for the country. Trump, during the campaign, promised to deport an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. However, since winning the election, Trump has softened his stance saying initial deportation efforts would focus on immigrants convicted of crimes, drug dealers and gang members.
While 20 percent of voters believe Trump should give top priority to healthcare, the real estate mogul noticeably did not mention any healthcare action in his video tweet Monday, in which he detailed his actions during his first 100 days in office. On the campaign trail, he vowed to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act but, since his win, he has softened his stance saying he agreed with some provisions of Obamacare.
The Pew Research poll was conducted between Nov. 10 and Nov. 14 among 1,254 people.