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Monmouth Poll: Americans Say Trump Not Draining the Swamp

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:48 PM

Most Americans think President Donald Trump has yet to make progress on his vow to "drain the swamp," referring to government corruption, according to a new Monmouth University poll.

Less than a quarter of respondents said Trump had made progress on his promise, with the majority saying he has made no difference or made things worse.

  • 24 percent said "the swamp" is better;
  • 32 percent said it is worse;
  • 35 percent said it is the same as before;
  • 8 percent said they do not know.

"If draining the swamp is a measurable campaign promise, it doesn't look like President Trump has been able to keep it," Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

Despite the perception of Trump's efforts, the public view of Washington in general has improved.

  • Negative feelings about D.C. declined to 79 percent from 86 in September;
  • Dissatisfaction dropped from to 54 percent from 66;
  • Satisfaction increased to 16 percent from 9 percent.

Republicans are more pleased with Washington than Democrats, while Independents are more stable.

  • Republicans with negative views of D.C. fell to 61 percent from 94 in September;
  • Dem negativity jumped to 88 percent from 75;
  • Independent negativity dropped slightly to 84 percent from 89.

"The key benchmark for most Americans is whether the president keeps his eye on the ball regarding bread and butter issues that impact American families where they live," Murray added.

Republicans' success in passing the American Health Care Act did little to win over voters, according to the poll, with Congressional approval down from earlier this year.

  • Congressional approval is at 19 percent;
  • Disapproval is at 68 percent;
  • Approval in March was at 25 percent;
  • Approval in January was 23 percent.

"The 'Mission Accomplished' ceremony in the Rose Garden after the House passed AHCA really did nothing to elevate the public's overall view of Washington," Murray said. "It fed the prevailing sense that Congressional leaders are more concerned with political victories than with helping average Americans."

Monmouth polled 1,002 adults in the U.S. by phone from May 13-17, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.

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