As President Trump Approaches 100th Day in Office, Plurality in Greater Los Angeles Give Him an ‘F’ Grade; Southland Split On Whether Trump Won 2016 Election Fair-And-Square, Not Sure if Russian Meddling Is Strictly Routine or Unprecedented
52% of Southland residents feel excluded from Donald Trump’s America (including 73% of African Americans, 60% of Latinos, 79% of Democrats, 76% of liberals, and 56% of Jews), compared to 34% who feel included, according to a SurveyUSA poll commissioned by KABC-TV Eyewitness News. 800 adults were interviewed 04/21/17 through 04/24/17. The findings are key to understanding the mixed report card President Trump receives from those in greater Los Angeles.
35% of area residents say Mr. Trump was elected fair and square. But a larger number, 44%, say Mr. Trump was helped across the finish line. 18% say that Russia had nothing to do with the America’s 2016 Presidential election, though that is not supported by the FBI’s telling of events. 22% say that Russia did try to influence the 2016 election, but no more so than in past American Presidential elections. 18% say Russia made an unprecedented attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 election, but not because they were rooting for Mr. Trump, rather because they wanted to create chaos in the Western World. A plurality, 28%, say Russia interfered with the 2016 election because Russia felt that Mr. Trump would treat Russia as a friend, not a foe.
37% today give Mr. Trump a passing grade as President, but a majority, 53%, give Mr. Trump a failing grade. Breaking it down further, Mr. Trump’s report card looks like this:
A = 10%.
B = 19%.
C = 17%.
D = 20%.
F = 31%.
GPA (Grade Point Average) on a 4.0 scale = 1.7.
In the Southland:
* 37% approve of Mr. Trump’s handling of the economy ; 45% disapprove.
* 37% approve of Mr. Trump’s handling of Syria ; 48% disapprove.
* 34% approve of Mr. Trump’s handling of North Korea ; 46% disapprove.
* 34% approve of Mr. Trump’s handling of immigration ; 60% disapprove.
* 33% approve of Mr. Trump’s handling of China ; 45% disapprove.
* 26% approve of Mr. Trump’s handling of Russia ; 55% disapprove.
* 24% approve of Mr. Trump’s handling of healthcare ; 62% disapprove.
* 22% approve of Mr. Trump’s handling of the environment ; 61% disapprove.
* 63% (including majorities of Protestants, Catholics, members of other Christian denominations, Jews and non-religious Angelenos) say Mr. Trump cares more about Mr. Trump than he does about the American people.
3 months into his 1st term, 23% say Trump is on his way to make America great again, 24% say Mr. Trump is not yet having an impact one way or the other, 45% say Mr. Trump is making America worse than ever. Of those who voted for Mr. Trump in 2016, two-thirds, 68%, have no regrets today. Another 25% have regrets, but still feel that Mr. Trump was the better of the 2 major-party candidates. Just 3% wish they had voted for someone else. The smallest number, 2%, wish they had not voted at all.
43% say Mr. Trump will leave office before his first term is up, 29% say he will serve one full term, and 20% say he will serve 2 full terms. 12% say Trump will go down in history as one of America’s greatest Presidents, 52% say Trump will go down in history as one of America’s worst Presidents, 26% say Trump will be remembered somewhere in between.
Historical footnote: The President’s use of Twitter is seen on the whole as a minus (64%), not a plus (22%).