Nearly six in ten Americans grade Trump’s Cabinet nominations “D” or “F”
Despite negativity toward the President-elect, 61% plan on giving to charity this season
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 19, 2016) -- Leading polling company icitizen released their “2016 Year in Review” poll results, which shows that Americans are dissatisfied with the President-elect’s transition so far, but optimistic about their personal lives heading into the new year.
Sixty-four percent of respondents expressed unfavorable impressions of Donald Trump, with 35% who view him favorably. He faces an uphill climb in January with low approval for his transition and Cabinet nominations.
“When asked to describe their reactions to Trump’s victory in November, the tension after the election reared its head,” said Cynthia Villacis, icitizen’s lead polling analyst. “A third (33%) of respondents said they were ‘disgusted’ with his victory, and overall, 62% of them used a negative word. While 90% of Republicans view him favorably, an overwhelmingly unified base of Democrats (97%) views him unfavorably.”
Negative ratings of President-elect Trump are consistent with a pattern of negative judgments about the campaign in general. An overwhelming majority (81%) of Americans give the media’s performance a “D” or “F,” with 59% giving them a failing “F” grade. Ninety-two percent of Republicans give the media “D” or “F” grades.
In contrast to the negative political climate, most Americans are feeling generous leading into 2017. Many Americans are feeling the holiday spirit this year, as more than 6 in 10 (61%) will be making donations to organizations that serve those in need this holiday season.
“It’s uplifting to see this willingness to donate crosses party lines and increases with age,” Villacis said, “with 70% of those over the age of 50 who plan to donate this holiday season. Despite the contentious political climate throughout the year, we’re ending on a positive and generous note.”
Methodology: The survey was conducted online on December 7-12, 2016 among 1,316 Americans nationwide. In order to achieve an accurate demographic representation of the public, the data were weighted to U.S. Census benchmarks for gender, age, race and national benchmarks for party identification. The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 2.7 percentage points, and is higher for subgroups.
For more information, contact icitizen’s Lead Polling Analyst Cynthia Villacis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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