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Sun Apr 14, 2024, 10:14 AM Apr 14

Four Years Out, Some Voters Look Back at Trump's Presidency More Positively (NYT) [View all]



Four Years Out, Some Voters Look Back at Trump’s Presidency More Positively
A new poll by The New York Times and Siena College finds that voters think highly of the former president’s record on the economy, but memories of his divisiveness largely remain intact.
By Lisa Lerer and Ruth Igielnik
April 14, 2024, 5:32 a.m. ET

Views of Donald J. Trump’s presidency have become more positive since he left office, bolstering his case for election and posing a risk to President Biden’s strategy of casting his opponent as unfit for the presidency, according to a new poll by The New York Times and Siena College.

While the memories of Mr. Trump’s tumultuous and chaotic administration have not significantly faded, many voters now have a rosier picture of his handling of the economy, immigration and maintaining law and order. Ahead of the 2020 election, only 39 percent of voters said that the country was better off after Mr. Trump took office. Now, looking back, nearly half say that he improved things during his time as president.

The poll’s findings underscore the way in which a segment of voters have changed their minds about the Trump era, recalling those years as a time of economic prosperity and strong national security. The shift in views about his administration comes even as Mr. Trump faces dozens of felony counts and will appear in a New York courtroom on Monday for jury selection in one of his four criminal trials.

Many voters still remember Mr. Trump as a divisive and polarizing figure, giving him low ratings on race relations and unifying the country. Yet, a larger share of voters see Mr. Trump’s term as better for the country than the current administration, with 42 percent rating the Trump presidency as mostly good for the country compared with 25 percent who say the same about Mr. Biden’s. Nearly half say the Biden years have been mostly bad for the country.

Many of Mr. Trump’s key constituencies, such as white voters without a college degree, are particularly likely to have a fond view of his time in office. But a broad swath of the country — including Hispanic voters, voters over 30 and most lower- and middle-income voters — now see Mr. Trump’s years in office as more good than bad.



TLDR: Many people say Trump made Covid fun and Jan 6 was fantastic and the genius is very stable

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It's like Gore Vidal said: thucythucy Apr 14 #1
+1. Selective amnesia dalton99a Apr 14 #2
Some Headline Kid Berwyn Apr 14 #3
Deeply flawed poll by deeply flawed pollster says what? Fiendish Thingy Apr 14 #4
There is a long tradition e.g. Whitewater, Iraq WMDs, Hillary emails, ...... dalton99a Apr 14 #7
I have Rebl2 Apr 14 #5
He's on trial for the laws he personally broke Johonny Apr 14 #6
Another B.S. poll from times/sienna. Think. Again. Apr 14 #8
The poll would have us believe that 25% say Biden was mostly good and 42% say Trump was mostly good DFW Apr 14 #9
" Either my country is deeply flawed or the poll is." FBaggins Apr 14 #17
Point taken. n/t DFW Apr 15 #19
I see it on Facebook with the "Are you better off than you were 4 years ago" thing, and they say No MiniMe Apr 14 #10
They want to forget 2020 like it never happened. doc03 Apr 14 #11
Most blame Covid for the economy crippling Polybius Apr 14 #12
Yet another example of polls being half media/pollster log rolling racket, half Voltaire/Vonnegut lunacy gulliver Apr 14 #13
was trying to recall my own Covid help/why this doesn't worry me NJCher Apr 14 #14
Remember the good old days when over a million people died from Covid tanyev Apr 14 #15
Never mind the polling....but.. albacore Apr 14 #16
Insanity budkin Apr 14 #18
Gee, gosh, I wonder how much media normalizing of Trump has to do with that? Silent3 Apr 15 #20
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