Newsy ETHAN WESTON December 18th 2016
A new poll says a majority of Americans think that President-elect Donald Trump will bring change to the U.S., but they're divided over how good that change will be.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 68 percent of Americans think Trump can change how Washington conducts its business. But more than half of Americans polled think Trump will enact the wrong kind of change, or none at all.
Those numbers aren't too surprising. A CBS News poll released last week found that 53 percent of Americans are either concerned or scared about Trump's plans as president. The other 46 percent are optimistic about the president-elect.
Some of that worry appears to come from Trump's perceived relationship with Russia. Both polls mention many Americans are worried about how friendly Trump is with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.
That issue could continue to be a problem for the president-elect as the Senate begins confirming his Cabinet picks. Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson — Trump's choice for secretary of state — has connections to Putin and has argued against sanctions against Russia.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll also found that Trump's approval score is considerably lower than Barack Obama's was in December 2008 (73 percent) and Bill Clinton's in December 1992 (77 percent).According to the poll, 50 percent of Americans say they approve of how President-elect Donald Trump is handling the transition, while 41 percent disapprove.
When you break the poll numbers down, it's all about the kinds of things Trump could change as president. Some hope he'll "make America great again," while others worry he could get the country involved in a war. Either way, most Americans tend to agree our president-elect is going to be an agent of change.
Let's hear it from Witchy :
No peace for Mr.Trump...for the next four years he is going to be baited, investigated and humiliated. He will not have the thing he desires most...respect. He will get no cooperation from more than half of the country...he's an unqualified disaster in the making and an embarassment to our country...and we have the media on our side......no peace Trump...no peace
Forget the Trump-Russia relationship. I feel that it's just a smokescreen for what Trump has in store for Trump. The threat of changing our opening of Cuba will disappear the instant Trump gets free land and tax breaks to build the Trump Hotel in Havana. The companies who might suffer under his administration will breathe easier once the fat white envelope has passed from one hand to another. We will never see his tax returns nor will he divulge his connections to foreign companies. He will not put his holdings into a blind trust but will turn them over to his children who cound not successfully run a corner candy store.
The Shanghai Trump Hotel and the Bejing Trump Towers will be built with OPM (Other People's Money) and have enough Chinese "partners" to insure good relations between "us and them". Oil and gas pipelines will be built wherever the oil and gas companies want them to be built.
Fasten your seatbelts America. It's gonna be a bumpy ride.