Tracking Trump - Direction of the Country 3-10-17:
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: 38.3%
Wrong Track: 53.5%
Net Negative: -15.2%
Right Direction: 39.1%
Wrong Track: 52.2%
Net Negative: -13.1%
Change: +16% since Inauguration Day & +2.1% 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. The President's speech before Congress was well received and by wide margins Americans said they felt more optimistic afterwards. We're seeing some of that manifest itself this week. Aside from the speech - there are plenty of catalysts on the economic front.
February resulted in the highest job creation in 11 years. Real-estate had it's best start to a year in ten years. Business optimism is at 10-12 year highs based on the size of the company and with stocks still near record highs...There are substantive reasons to feel better about the direction of the country.
Until next week...