Has President Trump met, exceeded or missed your expectations so far?
Bottom Line: Whether you supported the President or not you likely had expectations in mind for how'd he'd govern. Gallup polled on your thoughts regarding the President's first 100 days and here are the results:
- 56%: Meet expectations
- 23%: Below expectations
- 19%: Exceeded expectations
Not surprisingly there's a bit of an ideological bend to the results with those answering with in one direction or another but not as it pertains to the majority answer.
57% of both Democrats and Republicans answered that he'd met expectations with 53% of independents answering accordingly. What strikes me about this information, along with specific policy items that have been polled on, is that I still think this is a 20-20- 60 country. What do I mean by that statement? It's been at least a few years (prior to the entire 2016 cycle) since I spoke about my 20-20-60 concept. Years ago I noticed that in polling there were often regular splits on partisan grounds that were highly predictable by the most partisan among us. Generally about 20% of Americans showed to be highly partisan to the left and 20% to the right. 60% of the country might have political preferences and leanings but would tend to be fairly objective in expressing those views.
Applying that logic I'd suggest that most of the 23% of Americans who've stated that President Trump has under-performed expectations would answer that way regardless of what President Trump's actions would have been. Conversely I think the opposite is likely true. What's important is context. In the hyper-partisan news media landscape - the extremes of their preferences tend to get the most attention. It's important to realize that at least 10% more Americans are pragmatic about Trump's Presidency to this point than actually voted for him in November. That's just not likely to be communicated to you through most news outlets.