New NBC/WSJ poll gives Trump low marks for First 100 Days

Poll: Public gives Trump low/fair approval rating
Posted at 9:32 AM, Apr 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-23 18:08:44-04

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Nearly two-thirds of Americans give President Donald Trump poor or fair marks for his first 100 days in office.

Forty-five percent of people surveyed believe Trump is off to a poor start, with an additional 19 percent who say it's been "only a fair start." That's compared with a combined 35 percent who think the president's first three months in office have been either "good" or "great."

Trump's overall job-approval rating dropped to 40 percent — down four points from February. It's the lowest job-approval rating for a new president at this 100-day stage in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll.

In comparison, 54 percent of Americans said that Barack Obama's first 100 days had gotten off to either a good or great start in the same NBC/WSJ poll in 2009.

Trump's 100th day in office takes place on April 29.

Recently across the country, and here, in Wisconsin, the president has promised to grow American manufacturing jobs and find a solution to the state's dairy farm crisis.

A Marquette Law School poll in March showed a 41% approval for the president.

But experts say his message has promise if it's put into action.

Political consultant Jim Morrison says President Trump has, for the most part, been acting or at least trying to act on the campaign promises he had made.

Democratic opposition and Republican in-fighting have slowed some of that progress. But experts say recent promises are resonating with Wisconsin voters.

Those who've spent years analyzing political polls know the results can depend on the mood of the day.
"So, for example, you have a little health care setback. That's going to affect the polls," says Morrison, "but then you turn around, and get something positive for people that support the president, and the polls will go back up." 
Morrison says, so far, the president has tried to stay the course on his promises.
"Why isn't it happening as fast as he wants? He's a business person used to making decisions, and having them implemented," says Morrison. "This is a little different world." 
Morrison says Trump's visit to Kenosha last week, where he promised action to save Wisconsin dairy farmers, can boost his approval among both parties here.
"That issue resonates here in Wisconsin," says Morrison, "and he came out very strongly supporting governor walker with that." 
But Morrison warns Republican in-fighting on the state level is only foreshadowing of the bigger struggle.
"For example, the transportation budget," says Morrison. "We can't get the Governor, and the Speaker, and the president of the Senate to agree on what we should do. So, if we can't get it there, blow it up nationally, and no wonder the president is having so many issues."
Morisson predicts, over the next 100 days, president Trump will likely continue to keep the pedal to the floor with his policies.
He says the trick will be finding compromise among lawmakers.