Trump Victory Boosts Other Republicans and the GOP

Real estate tycoon Donald Trump flashes the thumbs-up as he arrives on stage for the start of the prime time Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A new Bloomberg Poll finds that President-elect Trump has become more popular than before the election and his election victory appears to be boosting the favorability of other Republicans and the GOP as well.


Trump is now viewed favorably by 50 percent. That’s up from up from 33 percent in August. Trump’s favorability rating of 50 percent includes 51 percent of independents and 16 percent of Democrats and those who lean that way.

The poll also found that Trump’s election victory appears to be boosting the favorability of other Republicans. Each Republican tested in the poll scored a higher favorability rating than in the previous poll, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the vice president-elect, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney at and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Even the Republican Party is now viewed more favorably. The GOP is now seen more favorably than the Democrats’ Party — 44 percent to 42 percent. The Democrats’ favorability number is unchanged since August, while the Republican one has surged up from 35 percent. The new favorabilty of the Republican Party marks the first time in the history of the poll, which started in September 2009, that as many feel good about Republican Party as feel bad about it.


I addition, the new Bloomberg Poll found that 69 percent of U.S. adults believe it goes too far to force Trump and his family to sell their business empire to avoid conflicts of interest. The poll also shows 51 percent of those surveyed are confident Trump will put the nation’s best interests ahead of his family’s finances when he deals with foreign leaders.

Americans are also allowing Trump some flexibility regarding his campaign positions. Almost three-quarters say it’s acceptable for him to adjust his campaign promises, including reversing himself on calling for the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state.

“The public seems to be giving him a long leash,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the survey. “Most Americans don’t seem concerned about him changing positions that were the core of his campaign.”

Americans want Trump to be less confrontational. Seventy-nine percent say he should tone down the vitriol he displayed on the campaign trail, including 65 percent of those who voted for him.

Respondents are also confident Trump will deliver on some of his campaign pledges, while they’re skeptical about others:

  • Almost seven in 10 think Obamacare will be repealed and replaced;
  • Almost two-thirds expect Trump’s administration will create trade deals with other nations that are more beneficial to the U.S.;
  • Fifty percent sat Trump will be able to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure projects;
  • More than half –- 57 percent -– don’t expect Trump to deport millions of illegal aliens; and
  • Sixty-five percent don’t expect Trump to actually build a wall along the Mexican border.

The poll found a sharp partisan divide when it comes to those people Trump has selected for his Cabinet. Fifty-one percent approve of Trump’s selections so far — with 91 percent of Trump voters approving and 76 percent of Clinton voters disapproving.

The poll was conducted Dec. 2-5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.


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