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Poll: Almost Half of Trump Voters Believe Life Will Get Better

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By    |   Thursday, 01 Dec 2016 11:31 AM

Almost half of those who voted for President-elect Donald Trump believe that their lives will get better in upcoming years, according to a poll conducted after the election by PRRI and The Atlantic.

Among all voters, regardless of their presidential choice, 42 percent were happy with Trump's win:

  • Satisfied: 23 percent.
  • Excited: 19 percent.

Fifty percent of all voters had a less positive opinion:

  • Disappointed: 19 percent.
  • Worried: 26 percent.
  • Angry: 5 percent.

PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones said that many Trump supporters do not have a positive outlook, despite the real estate mogul's win.

"They're fairly cynical. Yes, they may be hopeful, but if you ask them what they really expect, they're pretty fatalistic about it, even though they're voting for all kinds of change," Jones said.

The Atlantic's report broke down that result among Trump voters, finding that 50 percent of them said they were excited that he won and nearly 40 percent saying they were satisfied at the result.

Trump's supporters are more concerned for their own futures and less about their communities.

Truck driver Mark Blair said in the Atlantic report, "I don't know what he can do in my area. I was more concerned about my business."

Voters in the PRRI-Atlantic poll believe the policies of both parties are misguided, but don't pose a serious threat to the country:

About the Democrats:

  • They move the country in right direction: 29 percent.
  • Misguided but not dangers: 35 percent.
  • Pose a serious threat: 29 percent.
  • Don't know or refused to answer: 6 percent.

About the Republicans:

  • They move the country in the right direction: 28 percent.
  • Misguided but not dangerous: 37 percent.
  • Pose a serious threat: 30 percent.
  • Don't know or refused to answer: 6 percent.

Forty-one percent of the poll's voters had a grim outlook, believing the election was the last chance to stop America's decline:

  • Completely agree: 19 percent.
  • Mostly agree: 22 percent.
  • Mostly disagree: 28 percent.
  • Completely disagree: 29 percent.
  • Don't know or refused to answer: 3 percent.

Voter Bernice McCullough told the Atlantic that she voted for Trump because President Barack Obama disappointed her. However, she said, "I doubt very much that he's going to change much of anything… He's got four years. He'd better do something in four years."

The survey was conducted among 1,162 telephone interviews.

A poll taken by Reuters and Ipsos released Nov. 17 said that a majority of Americans still believe the country is on the wrong track. Forty-five percent of voters in that poll said they were "more motivated" to vote in the future.

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