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New Gallup poll mixed on Trump’s leadership

Reporters raise their hands as President Donald Trump fields questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Reporters raised their hands during a news conference with President Trump Thursday.

Majorities of Americans believe Trump “keeps his promises,” “is a strong and decisive leader,” and “can bring about the changes this country needs,” a new Gallup poll found.

But less than half of the respondents say Trump “can manage government effectively,” “inspires confidence,” “cares about the needs of people like you,” and “is honest and trustworthy.”

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About two-thirds of Americans also said they believe world leaders “do not have much respect” for Trump, according to Gallup.

Gallup noted that Trump’s job approval rating at the time of the poll, conducted between Feb. 1 and 5, was 42 percent. That was the lowest such rating this early in a presidency since 1945, when Gallup began tracking presidential job approval.

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Gallup said the low job approval rating suggests that “the credit the public gives Trump for possessing several of these qualities [like keeping promises and being a strong and decisive leader] doesn’t necessarily translate into broad approval of the way he is performing his job as president.”

The results, based on interviews with a random sample of 1,035 adults nationwide, also highlighted how Democrats and Republicans are worlds apart in their views of Trump.

For example, 81 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said that Trump “is honest and trustworthy” compared with just 9 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, the survey showed.

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Gallup reported that the number of Republicans who said they were satisfied with the way things are going in the United States was up sharply in a survey conducted this month compared to a survey last month, while the opposite was true among Democrats.

The polling company said it has seen “similar realignments in Democrats’ and Republicans’ satisfaction with how things are going in the country after a president of a new party takes office.”

Results of another recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center show that Americans’ early impressions of Trump are “strongly felt” and “deeply polarized.”

How Americans view President Trump
This graphic shows the percentage of people polled who said each quality or characteristic applies to President Trump.
Keeps his promises
62%
Is a strong and decisive leader
59%
Can bring about the changes this country needs
53%
Cares about the needs of people like you
46%
Inspires confidence
44%
Can manage the government effectively
44%
Is honest and trustworthy
42%

How Democrats v. Republicans view President Trump
This graphic shows the percentage of Democrats and Democratic leaners who said each quality or characteristic applies to President Trump vs. the percentage of Republicans and Republican leaners who did.
Quality/Characteristic Democrats/Leaners Republicans/Leaners
Keeps his promises 36% 91%
Is a strong and decisive leader 29% 94%
Can bring about the changes this country needs 20% 93%
Cares about the needs of people like you 9% 89%
Inspires confidence 13% 81%
Can manage the government effectively 8% 86%
Is honest and trustworthy 9% 81%
SOURCE: Gallup interviews with a random sample of 1,035 adults nationwide conducted Feb. 1-5, 2017.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mrochele
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