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Gallup: Half of Americans Say Trump Is Moving Too Fast

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By    |   Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 02:00 PM

President Donald Trump's recent actions are coming too fast for half of Americans, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.

Gallup asked if Trump is moving too fast, about right, or not fast enough:

  • Too fast: 47 percent.
  • About Right: 35 percent.
  • Not fast enough: 10 percent.
  • No opinion: 7 percent.

For comparison, Gallup added the results for the same question, asked about former President Barack Obama's first acts as president in January 2009.

  • Too fast: 22 percent.
  • About Right: 63 percent.
  • Not fast enough: 10 percent.
  • No opinion: 5 percent.

"The perception that Trump is moving too fast is likely based on reaction to the continuing stream of memoranda and executive orders he has issued in his first 10 days in office," writes Gallup's Frank Newport. "The most controversial of these have focused on immigration and refugees, to which Americans' initial response is significantly more negative than positive.

Gallup also found that roughly forty percent approve of Trump's executive orders:

  • Immigration ban: 42 percent approve, 55 percent disapprove.
  • Border wall: 38 percent approve, 60 percent disapprove.
  • Syrian refugees: 36 percent approve, 58 percent disapprove.

And found that Trump's job approval is almost evenly split:

  • Approve: 43 percent.
  • Disapprove: 52 percent.
  • No opinion: 6 percent.

"Trump is not enjoying the type of honeymoon that the American public accorded his predecessors in their first weeks in office," Newport concludes. "Trump's initial job approval rating was the lowest in Gallup history, and a majority of Americans continue to disapprove of the job he is doing.

"No other president going back to Dwight Eisenhower had majority disapproval in his first several months in office. A majority of Americans, in similar fashion, disapprove of several of the high-visibility executive actions Trump has taken within his first 10 days in the White House.

"This polarization of opinion most likely reflects not only Trump himself — his style and the actions he has taken — but also the prevailing political environment today. Americans are sharply divided along political lines on any number of issues, meaning that any newly elected president these days will find it difficult to develop bipartisan support for their presidency or for specific actions."

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