Tracking Trump - Direction of the Country 2-24-17:
Bottom Line: This Friday feature is designed for political junkies who missed my Friday political series from the election cycle. For years, despite generally favorable approval ratings for President Obama, we've collectively been unhappy with the overall direction of our country. It's fair to say that President Trump is much more than just a new President. He intends to lead the movement that led to election forward. How will the country respond?
In this entry I'll be tracking the overall view of the direction of the country led by President Trump.
Here's where we stood on Inauguration Day:
Right Direction: 30%
Wrong Track: 59.1%
Net Negative: -29.1%
Last week's ratings:
Right Direction: 39.25%
Wrong Track: 50.5%
Net Negative: -11.25%
Right Direction: 39.2%
Wrong Track: 53%
Net Negative: -13.8%
Change: +14.4% since Inauguration Day & -2.5% vs last week
If you listen to the media narrative, you'd never imagine that while still generally negative, the country as a whole is still the most optimistic it's been since December of 2012 (despite slightly being off of our highs of last week). If you're looking for a catalyst for it - there is one that's not attached to any of the negative media narrative. For the average person what's most important to them aside from their family/closest friends? Financial well being right? January resulted in the highest job creation in over a year, February will likely look solid as well and the stock market has continued to set a series of all-time highs and real-estate posted it's best January in ten years. In other words the average American is worth more than they've ever been worth and the overall economy has been improving. Until next week...