Poll: Dramatic Swing in ‘Right Track’ Views After Trump Victory

Donald Trump’s stunning upset to take the White House Tuesday has brought swift change to public opinions on the state of the country. A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll taken immediately after the election found massive shifts in whether voters think the country is on the right track, depending on who they voted for.

Trump voters went from 7 percent saying the country was on the “right track” before the election to 27 percent saying the same immediately after. Clinton voters moved nearly 20 points in the opposite direction, with 54 percent saying the country was on the right track before the election and 35 percent after.


The shifts between Trump and Clinton voters cancelled one another out, with the overall number of people saying the country is on the “right track” moving from 30 percent to 28 percent.

Nearly three-quarters of GOP voters say the top priority for the Trump White House is to repeal Obamacare, followed closely by combating ISIS. Notably, two of Trump’s main campaign themes – building a wall along the Mexican border and renegotiating trade deals – come in last among GOP voter priorities, at 30 percent and 39 percent respectively.


Trump’s victory also brought a big swing in Republicans’ opinion on whether Congress should investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails while she was secretary of State. Before the election, more than 50 percent of GOP voters said Congress should investigate her emails. Now that Trump has won the White House, just 35 percent say the emails should be investigated.

Voters also have clear favorites when it comes to who Trump will pick as his top advisers in the White House. Among the Trump campaign coterie, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani had the highest favorable rating at 48 percent. Surgeon Ben Carson followed with 46 percent, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie got 32 percent. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions got 23 and 22 percent, respectively.

This poll was conducted November 9 and 10, among a national sample of 1,786 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points. You can see the topline and crosstab analysis at the links.


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