New NYT poll shows nearly half of voters perceive Trump’s presidency favorably

by | Apr 15, 2024

The latest poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College suggests that perceptions of Trump's presidency have seen a positive shift since his departure from office. Nearly half of voters now hold a more favorable view of President Trump's handling of the economy, immigration, and maintaining law and order.

In contrast to the sentiment before the 2020 election, where only 39 percent of voters believed the country was better off after Trump's presidency began, almost  half now express the opinion that he made improvements during his time in office.

The poll's results highlight the shift in perception among a segment of voters regarding the Trump era, now remembering it as a period of economic prosperity and robust national security. This change in views about his administration occurs despite Trump facing numerous felony charges and his upcoming appearance in a New York courtroom on Monday for jury selection in one of his four criminal trials.

A significant portion of voters perceive Trump's presidency as more beneficial for the country compared to the current administration, with 42 percent rating the Trump era as mostly good, in contrast to 25 percent who hold the same view about Biden's presidency. Nearly half of respondents express the opinion that the Biden years have been mostly detrimental for the country.

A wide range of demographics, including Hispanic voters, those over 30, and many lower- and middle-income voters, now view Trump's years in office as more positive than negative.

Maya Garcia, aged 23, once considered herself a “Trump hater.” However, she has since changed her perspective, believing that Trump's confrontational approach contributed to controlling crime and preserving order in the country.

Ms. Garcia, who voted for Biden four years ago, has grown disillusioned with his approach to issues such as the border, crime, mental health, and the increasing cost of living. Consequently, she intends to support Trump in the upcoming November election. She was quoted saying “If you look deep into his personality, he actually cares about the country. You know at first I didn’t like it. But sometimes we need that type of person in our lives.”

Marecus Maupin, aged 41, reflects on the Trump years as a period of economic prosperity, despite his current higher earnings under Biden's administration. Despite having voted for Biden previously, he now intends to support Mr. Trump in the upcoming election. Marecus explained, “Although I’m making more [money under Biden], I’m not seeing it. We all had a little bit more money in our pockets when he was in office.”

Voters expressed disapproval of Trump's inflammatory style but questioned whether they had overly focused on his personality in previous elections. Despite 70 percent of participants acknowledging that Trump had made offensive remarks at some point, many viewed those incidents as distant memories. Nearly half of those who recalled offensive statements indicated that Trump had not made any recent offensive remarks. Notably, young voters were particularly inclined to say that it had been a while since they found President Trump's comments offensive.

Despite the prominence of abortion rights in the general election campaign, fewer than 2 percent of voters cited abortion or President Trump's influence on the Supreme Court's decision to repeal Roe v. Wade as the primary aspect they recalled from his presidency.

The New York Times conducted the poll by interviewing 1,059 registered voters from April 7 to 11, 2024. The margin of sampling error among registered voters is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points. While this margin of error theoretically allows the results to reflect the views of the overall population most of the time, other challenges can introduce additional sources of error.

Source: The New York Times



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