Though many Americans are disillusioned with President Donald Trump post-inauguration, they remain engaged and committed to raising awareness about issues they care about, according to an icitizen post-inauguration poll conducted Jan. 20-23, 2017.
An icitizen survey of 1,410 Americans reflects low grades for newly elected President Trump. Post-inauguration, Trump faces an uphill battle as he enters office with low favorability and low enthusiasm about the future of the country under his administration:
- Post-inauguration, 63% of Americans have an unfavorable view of President Trump.
- Fully 58% believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, this includes 63% of millennials ages 18-34, 62% of females, 64% non-white Americans, and 80% of Democrats.
- Forty-eight percent of Americans watched the presidential inauguration live as it happened. Among those who viewed live coverage, most were men over 50 years old (55%), Republicans (80%) and those with less than a bachelor’s degree (54%).
Overall negative ratings of President Trump are consistent with a negative tone for his future administration. A gender divide is evidenced in the intensity of opinion about Trump, with negative evaluations of Trump strongest among women.
- Thus far, 61% of Americans believe President Trump has set a negative tone for his administration, including fully 75% of women under 50 years old.
- A majority of Americans (52%) believe that President Trump will “not keep many,” or “none” of his campaign promises, including 80% of Democrats; 60% of millennials ages 18-34; 10% of Republicans; and nearly half of seniors over 65 (48%).
- A majority (56%) of respondents also believe President Trump should delete his personal Twitter account (36% believe he should keep it, and 9% are unsure). The strongest support for Trump keeping his account is among men ages 50+ (51%). However, intensity in opinion is strongest with women (64%) and women under 50 (67%) who want Trump to delete his account. Sixty-four percent of millennials, the social networking site’s largest demographic group, also want Trump to delete his account.
Although dissatisfied with Trump, most Americans (55%) are willing to give the new president a chance. According to our survey, although a majority of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, they are engaged with politics and supportive of the right to protest.
- Fully 55% of Americans agree with the statement: “He’s our new president – let’s see what he can do.” Twenty-six percent believe Trump “Is not my president – I’m not willing to give Trump a chance,” 18% believe “something else,” and 1% are unsure.
- Interestingly, nearly a third (31%) of Americans who have unfavorable views of Trump are willing to give the new president a chance.
- Nearly 7 in 10 (69%) of Americans believe that it is fair to protest on Inauguration Day as a way to raise awareness about issues people care about.
- This support for protest crosses lines of age, gender, race and party. It is especially highest among women under 50 (78%), non-whites (77%) and those with over a bachelor’s degree (73%), as well as 96% of Democrats.
The survey was conducted online from Jan. 20-23, 2016 among 1,410 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, education and national benchmarks for party identification. The margin of error for the full sample is 2.61 percentage points, and is higher for subgroups.
For more information, please contact Cynthia Villacis, icitizen’s lead polling analyst.