How Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Voters Rate Trump's First 100 Days
Patty Lammers, 60:
It's hard to judge his performance right now, since 100 days just isn't that much time—he's not a magician. But I will say I like where his head is at, and what he's already set in motion. I think the economy is improving, and I've been very pleased to see that. But I'm a wait-and-see person—ask me again in a year what I think of him, because that's when we'll know if whether he's really going to be able to do what he set out to do. I remain optimistic.
Sharon Beck, 59:
I am very pleased with President Trump's performance. Getting things done has been difficult, since many Obama loyalists in the government are sabotaging the Trump administration. But it has been satisfying to see Trump's executive orders and the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch. No president has ever been as effective a strategist, negotiator, and persuader as Trump is. No president has ever been so able to think outside the box. Trump can be charming and engaging, even when dealing with adversaries. Ultimately, I am confident that more people will begin to recognize the improvements he will bring about.
Star Walters, 64:
I am solidly behind President Trump. I expected a tough transition because he and his team are not politicians. There have been mistakes, but they're mistakes each administration makes—it's just that the press and the Democratic party hate our president, so everything he does wrong becomes monumental. It's a shame. I feel our president is doing a decent job and is just getting started. I appreciate his focus, long hours, tough stance, and his compassion—particularly his softening on immigrant families who are not criminals, and his attempts to create a pathway for them to stay here. I appreciate that he realized the health care bill was not ready, and pulled the plug to go back and rework it. I think our president is trying to do the right things for all Americans because he loves this country.
Alicia Perez, 39:
I feel that President Trump is reckless, insensitive to the needs of others, and narcissistic, and does not have a clear understanding of how the government works. My opinion of him has not changed, even though I was trying to be optimistic. Trump has been on a fast-paced trajectory, alienating people, cultures, and countries, and provoking international leaders by using military force. He is completely off- base in his America-centric platform. I am desperately hoping his policies on immigration, border control, education, the environment, and civil rights are evolving, and will soon take a more positive direction.
Sheila Menge, 53:
I don't think there has been enough time to get things done. Nobody's giving anybody a chance. I think he's trying to do the best for the American people, but I think the people in government spend more time with their fists up than they do trying to make things better. I'm confused by the news—why do some media outlets not give him any support? Why does some of the media not give the right people a chance to get work done? They spend a lot of time rehashing the election, but they're not reporting things that truly matter. I'm referring to this question of whether the election was fixed, whether it was Russia. We're spending a lot of time on things we can't change. We can't unring the bell, so why don't we spend more time focusing on positive things? It seems like everyone is waiting for some big failure, and that's not how it ought to be—when he succeeds, we succeed. Instead of arguing, everyone should be putting their minds together.
Anum Khan, 27:
Three months into Trump's presidency, I feel as terrified as I did during our conversation, if not more so. Trump's speeches have been ignorant, and his policies have been egregious. If there's any opposition to him or his policies, he blames the "fake media," bullies you into supporting him, or bans you altogether. There is nothing laudable about a self-aggrandizing president. For a president who should be working for Americans, he sure plays a lot of golf. While what he's doing may not be illegal, he certainly doesn't believe in the spirit of law, or in America's ideals. We are not "making America great," but mediocre. Trump's administration only cares only about making the wealthy wealthier. How would the President or First Lady know anything about the struggles of everyday Americans when one sits on her throne in her tower and the other plays golf at Mar-a-Lago on the weekends? This administration is confounding to me. I'm not sure what this country will look like at the end of his term. Nonetheless, I have faith in the American people. With the burgeoning number of protests since Trump's inauguration, I realize there are many more people who care about the same issues, such as human rights for all and protecting this earth from the devastating effects of climate change.
Julie Frederickson, 33:
"It's almost impossible to say whether one is pleased or unhappy with Trump, because it's been such a confusing first 100 days! In our sit-down with Oprah, I expressed my deep fear about his nativist, populist, anti-trade rhetoric that I felt had grave potential for violating our constitutional rights and limiting America's economic growth. And he certainly spent his first 100 days doing his best to deliver on many of his promises, in harried and ill-considered ways. His failed travel bans and his inability to produce movement on the Affordable Care Act are the two issues that I felt hurt his credibility as a leader. In fact, he has largely failed to implement any of his major policy initiatives. He has been so inconsistent with his campaign stances that I like to joke that he isn't POTUS 45 so much as POTUS 180—he has repeatedly reversed himself repeatedly. He filled his cabinet with billionaires and lobbyists rather than draining the swamp, went from 'America first' to being increasingly pro-intervention, and reversed his stance on NATO. It appears that Trump has no consistent ideologies to speak of. It remains deeply confusing, even if I am relieved that he has walked back much of his more concerning rhetoric. One thing that has pleased me is the nomination of Justice Gorsuch. I do believe the Republicans were wrong not to give Merrick Garland a hearing and simply vote no if they felt he wasn't suitable, but I believe Gorsuch to be a terrific choice for the Supreme Court and hope we see him adjudicate in a similar vein similar to that of as Chief Justice Roberts. Meanwhile, Trump appears to be ideologically adrift while pursuing policies that hurt his own base and will disappoint those who voted for him—while slowly but surely revealing to the rest of the world (and those who voted for Clinton) that he isn't malicious so much as incompetent."
Sarina Amiel-Gross, 48:
"Overall I'm pleased with Trump's performance. I approve of the temporary travel ban and disapprove of the left's tactics, including politicizing the courts to change the rules to try and to limit what is absolutely within the purview of the executive branch. It was a temporary ban for 90 days to get a better system in place. All the hullabaloo about a 90-day temporary ban? Really?
I was disappointed with Trump's backing of Paul Ryan's healthcare reform. I didn't think it went far enough. Obamacare has to go, 100 percent. I truly believe it was the biggest fraud perpetrated on the American people.
I support the appointment of Justice Gorsuch to the Supreme Court; he was an exemplary candidate. Finally, I think the Russian narrative is all smoke and no fire.
To sum it up, I think President Trump has done more good for this country so far than any past president. I'd say we are off to a great start.
Allison Semmes, 30:
I went into Trump's presidency bracing myself, and I soon realized that whenever I saw him on the news, I felt viscerally sick. Since then, I've recommitted to investing in my own well-being. I'm a singer in a show, and my job is to travel the country performing the story and music of Motown—music that united America during the civil rights movement—and I feel as though my purpose during the Trump era is to foster well-being for myself and those around me. While staying aware of what is happening politically, I am no longer investing my energy into the day's news. America placed Trump into the highest seat of our country. I've accepted this, I see him for the flawed human being that he is—and I practice empathy toward him. I understand how his childhood and family values shaped who he is, and I recognize him as an elder (one of our oldest elected presidents ever) with outdated views. None of us can change Trump. However, the citizens of this country have a responsibility not to just stand around and be upset, but to create programs on the local level, to attend town halls, to educate themselves so they can make the change they wish to see, to foster stronger community bonds and better person-to-person relations, and to make living well a priority. Once we take care of our needs on those levels, we can recognize our greatness, live in our greatness, and truly make America great.
Note: Dawn Jones was not available to offer an update.