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Trump Supporters Don’t Expect Much Positive Change

A minority of Donald Trump’s supporters think their lives will improve when the real-estate tycoon moves into the White House, according to a poll that The Atlantic and PRRI conducted after the election.

Most of the respondents expressed doubt that the president-elect will make good on his pledge to bring jobs back from other countries and increase employment at U.S. factories and mines. However, only 5 percent said they expect the economy to go downhill under the Trump administration.

The Atlantic noted that in the same poll, a majority of people who voted for Hillary Clinton indicated they were worried or angry about Trump’s victory. The survey proved that Democratic as well as Republican voters “are fairly cynical,” according to PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones. Regarding Trump’s fans, he said: “Yes, they may be hopeful, but if you ask them what they really expect, they’re pretty fatalistic about it, even though they’re voting for all kinds of change.”

A typical response came from Bernice McCullough, an 80-year-old Ohio Democrat, who said she cast her ballot for Trump because she disliked President Obama and believed Clinton would pursue the same policies. “I doubt very much that (Trump) is going to much of anything,” she said. “I just wanted to see if there could be a change. … I didn’t want the same thing that we’ve had for eight years, and I think that’s what was going to happen. … (Trump) has got four years. He’d better do something in four years.”

In a Pew Research poll last summer, two-thirds of Trump supporters said life will be harder for the next generation of Americans.

Source: The Atlantic
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