Since beginning this blog in January, I have learned many things, both good and bad, about our new president and his family. I have also learned a lot about how the general American society has responded to the actions of the Trump family.
For my final post this semester I conducted a poll based on the patterns and themes I have seen reoccurring in the topics I chose to keep tabs on in regards to the Trump family.
Instead of posting this poll to specific pages or groups on my Facebook, I posted it as a general status and left it up there for 30 minutes. Of the 36 random individuals who chose to participate, these are the results I gathered.
My first question was a basic “who did you vote for?” basically I just wanted to know how many people did and did not originally support Trump.
While 20% of participants chose not to provide a response (potentially because they were worried I could view their personal submissions), it was almost evenly split between who did and who did not vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, with slightly 2% more who did not vs. those who did.
What I found interesting about this survey came in the next question:
Although 39% of the 36 participants reported voting for Donald Trump, only 30.6% had a positive view of Donald Trump. So had the 39% of voters chosen to vote for someone they didn’t view in a positive light just to vote with their party, or have his actions over the past 3 months changed their view of him?
Well according to the results of Question’s 3 and 4, societal pressures may be responsible for the negative or non-existent (25%) views of President Trump.
The results show that exactly half of participants felt that America has responded negatively to Donald Trump as our president and that 44.4% of participants felt that influential figures (such as celebrities) have been more willing to voice their opinions on this president, more so than former presidents. So yes, with tensions running high in America right now over what may be one of the most controversial presidencies ever, more Americans are able to publicly discuss their feelings and sway others to feel the same way they do.
The same amount of participants that felt Americans were more willing to use their voices, also felt that the Trump family was more willing to spend money than they should be.
44.4% of participants believe the Trump family spends both too much time and money on trips. 44.4% also believe it’s inappropriate that these same family members hold official jobs in the White House.
However, an even 44.4% don’t have a problem with it.
All in all, the question my blog really sought out to answer this semester, aside from what Melania was wearing or where Tiffany was traveling to, was how us, as Americans, felt about our new first family?
And just as the approval ratings, Twitter rants, and reporters have suggested, my results (although just a small, small percentage of the population) suggest that more Americans feel negatively than positively about the family who has been elected to represent all of our country for the next four years.