The media runs around like Chicken Little every day, screaming that the sky is falling under Trump. But a new poll suggests that most of the American people aren’t listening to them.
Poll: 60 Percent of Adults ‘Hopeful and Optimistic’ About America’s Future
Sixty percent of adults feel “hopeful and optimistic” about the future of the country, a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll released Sunday shows, while President Trump’s net approval rating is negative—for now.
When asked, “When you think about the future of the country, would you say that you are mainly hopeful and optimistic or mainly worried and pessimistic,” sixty percent of 1,000 adults surveyed from Feb. 18 t0 Feb. 22 said they were hopeful, not pessimistic. That’s a steady upward drift from 53 percent in August, and 56 percent in December. Pollsters note the margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Meanwhile, Trump himself fares slightly less well: 44 percent approve of the job he’s doing as president, while 48 percent disapprove.
The surge in optimism is driven in part by Trump voters’ enthusiasm, according to what pollster Bill McInturff told the Washington Examiner: “This is a strong number being driven by very high numbers among Trump voters who express optimism across a number of measures on the poll, including higher economic confidence.”
Trump’s approval rating will go up in time as he begins to deliver.
He knows this and probably isn’t too worried about it. The fact that so many people are optimistic about the future suggests people believe he is going to make good on his promises.