Americans are disillusioned with Trump Transition, but optimistic about personal lives entering 2017, according to an icitizen year-end poll conducted December 7-12, 2016.
An icitizen survey of 1,316 Americans reflects low grades for the 2016 campaign and pessimism about the current state of politics. Post-victory, President-elect Donald Trump faces an uphill battle when he enters office in January with low approval for his transition and Cabinet nominations.
- A majority (64%) of respondents have unfavorable impressions of the President-elect, with 35% who view him favorably (1% unsure).
- Views of Trump are distributed along party lines. While 90% of Republicans view him favorably, an overwhelmingly unified base of Democrats (97%) views him unfavorably. Unfavorable views of Trump are strongest among young people aged 18-35 (74%), women (70%) and non-white Americans (73%).
- Nearly six in ten (57%) Americans grade Trump with a “D” or an “F” on his choice of Cabinet nominees thus far, with nearly half of respondents (48%) giving him a failing mark “F.”
When Americans are asked to summarize their reactions to Trump’s victory in a word, the visceral nature of the election result is evidenced.
- One-third (33%) of Americans are “disgusted” with his victory, and overall, 62% of them select a negative word (34% selected a positive word, 4% indifferent/unsure, 2% said something else).
- Interesting, this negative reaction toward Trump’s victory increases with age. “Disgust” is strongest among seniors, particularly among women aged 51 and over (44%).
- Republicans, on the other hand, are ebullient (89% cite a positive word).
Negative ratings of President-elect Trump are consistent with a pattern of negative judgments about the campaign in general. After a contentious and grueling election season, respondents give abysmal grades to the media and pollsters on their performance during the campaign.
- 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.
- Americans are slightly more forgiving of pollsters with 72% who give a “D” or “F” grade.
One alternative to the negative political climate of 2016 is celebrating the holiday season. According to our survey, although a broad majority of Americans – 75% – are unsatisfied with the way things are going in the country today, they are generally content with their personal situations entering the holidays.
- A plurality of respondents says they are “not stressed about the holiday season.” Among those who are stressed during the holidays, gifts (15%) and the memory of loved ones (11%) are the most popular triggers.
Many Americans are feeling the holiday spirit this year, their generosity exemplified in their willingness to donate to those in need outweighing their desire to spend money on gifts.
- More than 6 in 10 (61%) Americans will be making donations to organizations that serve those in need this holiday season.
- Willingness to donate crosses party lines and increases with age, with 70% of those over the age of 50 who plan to donate this holiday season.
- Overall, Americans are tightening their wallets when it comes to presents More people (31%) are spending less on holiday gifts than they did last year, as opposed to only 13% who are spending more. A plurality of respondents are spending about the same on gifts as they did last year (52%).
- Most Americans (77%) plan to spend less than $1,000 dollars on gifts this season, with most who will spend no more than $300 (44%).
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, please contact Cynthia Villacis, icitizen’s lead polling analyst.