POTUS gets his 100-day report card – Steven Shepard WSJ 04/20/17 05:05 AM EDT


In a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, voters grade the president’s performance in 10 different policy areas.

As Donald Trump nears the 100-day mark in the White House, voters are grading his performance on a partisan curve.

Republicans are inclined to give him good grades on his performance in office so far – mostly A’s and B’s. Democrats are tougher in their assessments – mostly D’s and F’s, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

Trump earns his highest marks on fighting terrorism, the poll shows. But when Trump reaches his 100th day in office next week — a historical marker for each new administration – his failure to shepherd a promised health care bill through Congress will be noted by voters. On health care, climate change and Trump’s promises to “drain the swamp” of special interests in Washington, voters are far more critical of the new president’s performance thus far.

Earlier this week, Trump described his administration’s achievements in glowing terms at an event in Wisconsin.

“No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days — that includes on military, on the border, on trade, on regulation, on law enforcement — we love our law enforcement — and on government reform,” he said.

Voter perceptions of Trump’s tenure don’t necessarily reflect that rosy assessment. Asked to grade Trump’s first three months as president overall, 16 percent give Trump an “A,” and another 23 percent award Trump a “B.”

But roughly as many voters give Trump poor marks. Trump gets a “D” from 13 percent of voters, and nearly a quarter, 24 percent, give him an “F.”

One reason is that partisanship continues to dominate and color opinions of Trump’s nascent presidency. Nearly half of self-identified Democratic voters, 48 percent, give Trump an “F” grade, and an additional 19 percent award him a “D.”

Republicans and Trump voters view Trump’s presidency more positively, but he isn’t earning straight “A”s from his base.

“There’s a persistent media narrative that President Trump can do no wrong among his base of supporters,” said Morning Consult’s Chief Research Officer and Co-Founder Kyle Dropp. “But this polling suggests that, at the very least, many of his voters see room for improvement. Forty-two percent of Trump voters grade his first 100 days a ‘B’ and another 23 percent give him a ‘C’ or worse.”

The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted April 13-15, surveying 1,992 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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