Increasingly, Americans believe that Donald Trump possesses the necessary leadership and personality attributes that a president should indeed possess, according to a brand new poll.
The Gallup poll discovered that 40 percent of Americans think that President Trump has the right leadership and personality qualities that a president should have, which marks a seven-point increase from the first two years at the beginning of his presidency, where just one third (33 percent) of respondents said that they believed Trump possessed the necessary qualities to be president.
According to the poll, American’s belief in Trump’s abilities to lead has increased across the left-right political spectrum.
Of the Republican respondents, eighty-one percent thought that Trump has the qualities and personality need of a president, which marks an increase of seven percent from 2017. On the other hand, thirty-one percent of Independent voters approved of Trump’s leadership abilities and personality, which marks an increase of four percent. Thirteen percent of Democrats approved of Trump’s leadership attributes, which marks an increase of seven percent from the previous two years.
Trump’s character isn’t the only thing American’s increasingly approve of. More and more U.S. citizens have begun to agree with Trump on issues facing the country. In fact, the number of Americans surveyed in the Gallup poll who approved of Trump’s handling of the issues that matter most came to forty-seven percent.
The analysis done by Gallup suggests that Trump would be wise to campaign on the issues he stands for rather than on his character. Conversely, the Democrats might be able to increase their chances of victory over Trump if they were to nominate someone who American see as having a better character than the president.
“That is something they did not do in 2016 when Hillary Clinton was the Democratic nominee. She, like Trump, was widely thought to be dishonest and untrustworthy, thus negating one of Trump’s obvious weaknesses and making character less of a factor in voters’ decision-making processes,” Gallup reported.
“Democrats also must be careful not to nominate a candidate who is perceived as out of the mainstream on issues,” Gallup added. “Doing so could elevate issues as a voting factor and work to Trump’s advantage if more voters say they agree with Trump than the Democratic candidate on the most important issues.”
The survey polled a total of 1,204 adults between April 17 and April 30 of 2019 and had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.