By Christina Elias
As the end of President Donald J. Trump’s first 100 days in office comes to a close, news media and pollsters are increasingly focusing on his historically low favorability ratings.
Since he won North Carolina in the November general election, his ratings among the state’s constituents have fallen, according to a new Elon University Poll survey conducted from April 18-21.
According to the data, 51 percent of North Carolina voters disapprove of how Trump is handling the presidency, while 42 percent approve and 7 percent were unsure. Trump won North Carolina with 49.9 percent of the vote in November.
The same poll reports that 49 percent of voters in North Carolina think Trump is worse than President Barack Obama, while 39 percent said the opposite.
“Though President Trump enjoyed considerable support among North Carolinians on Election Day, he has lost ground among the crucial independent voters responsible for his success over Hillary Clinton,” said Jason Husser, director of the Elon Poll, in an April 26 news release.
Husser said that while Trump can still regain favor among those independent voters before the 2018 midterm elections, it’s still strange to see such low support so early in his first term.
Despite generally low favorability numbers, most voters agreed that he is following through on his campaign promises with 56 percent agreeing. Only 38 percent of voters believe he isn’t doing what he said we would – even among Democrats, who overwhelmingly disapprove of the job he is doing, 28 percent believe he is doing what he said he would during the election season.
Ray Lin, assistant director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education, doesn’t care what other people in the state may think about the president because he said he focuses on policy and decisions rather than public opinion.
“For the most part he’s been doing his approach of being president as he did in the campaign, but there have been a lot of things he hasn’t been able to do,” Lin said. “That works for a campaign and doesn’t work for office, so I think he’s stumbled across some of that.”
Lin said he does foresee Trump following through on his major campaign promises eventually to extent that he can in his office.
“A lot of that is less to do with Trump himself and a lot of that is really going to depend more on Congress because they are starting to realize they hold the keys,” he said. “Yeah, there are some things they can do by executive order, but a lot of things it depends on the gatekeepers of the institutions that are in government. So it really is going to require a little bit more [cooperation] from Congress and other branches.”