Amer­i­cans di­vided over Trump

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WASH­ING­TON: Amer­i­can vot­ers are al­most evenly split over Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s job per­for­mance in his first three weeks in the White House, ac­cord­ing to a poll.

When asked if the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is work­ing on things that will help their fam­ily, 47% of vot­ers say “yes”, while 48% say “no”, ac­cord­ing to the Fox News Poll.

Most vot­ers feel strongly one way or the other, as 35% “strongly” ap­prove and 41% “strongly” dis­ap­prove.

The split is heav­ily based on par­ti­san lines. As many as 87% of Repub­li­cans give the thumbs up to Trump’s per­for­mance, as do just 52% of in­de­pen­dents and 10% among Democrats.

In Fe­bru­ary 2009, af­ter Barack Obama’s first month in the White House, 60% of vot­ers ap­proved of his per­for­mance, in­clud­ing 90% of Democrats, 62% of in­de­pen­dents, and 29% of Repub­li­cans.

As for Trump’s first 100 days in of­fice, twice as many vot­ers say it’s ex­tremely or very im­por­tant for him to work on cut­ting taxes (52%) and re­peal­ing Oba­macare (49%) than build­ing a bor­der wall (26 per­cent), the poll shows.

The poll also finds 50% feel con­fi­dent of Trump’s judg­ment in a cri­sis, up from 43 per­cent in Oc­to­ber 2016.

The Fox News poll was based on land­line and cell­phone in­ter­views with 1013 ran­domly cho­sen reg­is­tered vot­ers na­tion­wide and was con­ducted from Fe­bru­ary 11 to Fe­bru­ary 13.

It has a mar­gin of sam­pling er­ror of plus or mi­nus three per­cent­age points for all reg­is­tered vot­ers. Xin­hua

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