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Trump's Economic Report Card

May 12, 2017 | John Salustri

It seems a bit early, but one hundred days into the Trump administration, Gallup has issued the results of a poll rating the still-new president on his economic performance. The prematurity of such a poll is marked by the fact that, according to Gallup, “between 25% and 40% of Americans say they don’t know enough to evaluate Trump's performance in the six areas asked about.”

At the very least, however, the poll does serve as a benchmark for the six campaign issues as the president’s progress and battles in these areas really steam up.

Trump performed best it seems in his promise to keep manufacturing stateside, with 35% of respondents giving him an excellent rating. 14% rated his work as only fair; 23% said it was poor. (Twenty eight percent said they need more info.)

In terms of cutting fed regulations on business, 27% checked excellent; 12% said only fair; and 23% said Trump was doing poorly. (Thirty seven percent said the jury is still out.)

The president gets slightly higher approval marks for his creation of new jobs: 30% rated his work excellent; 13% said it was only fair; and 31% thought it was poor. (Twenty five percent said they need more info.)

From there the early-stage numbers keep slipping. In terms of cutting federal spending, Trump gets a 24% vote for excellent; 11% say only fair; and a whopping 37% who say poor. (Twenty eight percent said they did not yet know enough.)

In terms of improving trade policies with other nations: 24%; 12%; and 38%. (Twenty six percent said they need more info.)

Votes on tax reform are the most telling initiative, given that a first at-bat was a swing and a miss, but that the real battle has yet to join. A mere 14% give the prez a thumbs up, while 11% say he’s done only fair and 34% voted him a thumbs down. Not surprisingly, a full 40% said they need more information. Yeah, like tax reform!

By the way, if we’re talking about overall approval ratings, the American Presidency Project of the University of California at Santa Barbara, which tracks approvals back to Eisenhower (who got 73%) puts Trump at a sorry 41%. By comparison, Barack Obama ended his first 100 at 65%. Not surprisingly it was John F. Kennedy who ranked the highest with 83%. (C’mon, it was Camelot!) Even Richard Nixon had a honeymoon period, coming in at 62%

It will be interesting to see what the next 100 days brings.

View the full Gallup article here.

About the Author
John Salustri is editor-in-chief of Salustri Content Solutions, Inc., a consultancy focused on enhancing the web and print content of clients around the nation. He is a regular contributor to JPM Magazine and a frequent blogger for IREM’s website. Prior to launching SCS, John was founding editor of, the industry’s premier real estate news website, where he managed the daily output of 25 international reporters, and prior to that, he was editor of Real Estate Forum Magazine. John is a four-time winner of the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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