Elon Poll shows decline in North Carolina support

By Diego Pineda

The Elon Poll conducted April 18-21, 2017 found that the support for President Donald Trump among North Carolina voters has declined as he approaches the 100-day mark.

getimage.pngThe findings showed that 51 percent of those surveyed disapproved with how Trump is handling his job as president. 42 percent approved it and seven percent did not know.

Jason Husser, director of the Elon Poll, said that typically a president enjoys strong support during their first 100 days even from former opponents or critics, but Trump’s presidency has been different.

“His level of support on the first 100 days both for himself personally and for his key policies is as low as we’ve seen in the history of opinion polling,” Husser said. “Trump’s difficulty in presidential approval likely comes from two sources- his rhetorical and policy decisions which he has control over and a divisive polarized and dysfunctional political environment that makes it harder for any incoming president to function.”

Husser said that despite the low support, his core supporters remain loyal.

 

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Mollie Richter

Sophomore Mollie Richter believes that Trump is very unprofessional as president of the United States.

 

“In his twitter, he’s yelling at people and making accusations with no evidence,” Richter said. “I don’t trust my country in someone like that.”

The same poll showed that nearly 75 percent of voters showed that Trump’s use of Twitter is inappropriate while 55 percent said it was appropriate.

“The people who like him are radicals and extremists and that is the crowd that he appeals to,” Richter said. “Anyone who has a rational state of mind and is logical can see that he’s not running things effectively.”

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Darius Moore

Senior Darius Moore agrees with the Elon poll findings and said that Trump’s use of twitter is not filtered or intelligent.

 

“Trump has done a really good job of being a grassroots kind of like connecting to the people leader,” Moore said. “He needs to work on being an intelligent speaker and less of a reality television star.”

The poll also found that voters in North Carolina oppose the border wall with Mexico and it showed an even split on the Affordable Care Act.

The Elon poll is a live-caller survey done through landline and cell phones of 506 voters. These were registered voters who were classified as likely voters in the Nov. 8 election. It has a margin error of +/- 4.36 percentage points.