I am a huge skeptic of polls as most of the polls are poorly constructed. The poorly designed samples doom the accuracy of the polls. The exception to that rule is Rassmussen and Gallup.
Of the two, I place more confidence in Rasmussen as it relates to political polls and in Gallup as it relates to “state of the state” type polls.
I was flabbergasted to read a recent late January 2020 poll from Gallup. Here is the data they report. It is quite surprising to me how favorably the country views the presidency of Donald J Trump. Nobody would ever have thought this based on the media. I am a policy guy, using the effectiveness of policy as my personal yardstick to evaluate satisfaction.
Take a look at this info which is take directly from the poll. See if you are as surprised as me?
Changes in Americans’ Satisfaction With Issues
Since Start of Trump Presidency
|Jan 2017||Jan 2020||Change|
|The state of the nation’s economy||46%||68%||+22%|
|The nation’s security from terrorism||50||68||+18|
|The nation’s military strength and preparedness||66||81||+15|
|The state of race relations||22||36||+14|
|The nation’s policies to reduce or control crime||38||47||+9|
|The position of blacks and other racial minorities in the nation||37||46||+9|
|The way income and wealth are distributed in the U.S.||35||43||+8|
|The opportunity for a person in this nation to get ahead by working hard||66||72||+6|
|The overall quality of life||80||84||+4|
|The influence of organized religion||56||59||+3|
|The nation’s energy policies||41||44||+3|
|Our system of government and how well it works||40||43||+3|
|Government regulation of businesses and industries||38||41||+3|
|The size and influence of major corporations||39||41||+2|
|The moral and ethical climate||31||32||+1|
|The quality of medical care in the nation||52||52||0|
|The nation’s laws or policies on guns||42||42||0|
|The nation’s efforts to deal with poverty and homelessness||23||22||-1|
|The role the U.S. plays in world affairs||45||43||-2|
|The size and power of the federal government||40||38||-2|
|The amount Americans pay in federal taxes||39||37||-2|
|The availability of affordable healthcare||39||37||-2|
|The quality of public education in the nation||37||35||-2|
|The acceptance of gays and lesbians in the nation||59||56||-3|
|The Social Security and Medicare systems||47||43||-4|
|The quality of the environment in the nation||52||46||-6|
|The level of immigration into the country today||41||35||-6|
|The nation’s policies regarding the abortion issue||39||32||-7|
What do you think? Does it surprise you how high the general level of satisfaction is during the three years of the Trump admin? I am truly flabbergasted.