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Elway Poll: Trump style gets low marks in Washington

More than half of Washington voters say they disapprove with President Donald Trump's leadership style, and only one in three say he is making "the right kind of changes" for the country, a new survey by The Elway Poll indicates.

Not surprisingly, Democrats and Republicans strongly disagree on these points.

When the survey of 503 voters interviewed last week was broken down along party lines, 89 percent of Democrats said they disapproved of Trump's style and 81 percent said they disapproved of his policy directions. Among Republicans, 79 percent approved of his style and 71 percent approved of his policy directions.

Independents were split: 54 percent disapproved of his style while 39 percent approved; 44 percent disapproved of his policies and 33 percent approved. 

But the Trump presidency seems to be generating plenty of talk, and some political action, pollster H. Stuart Elway reported. 

Almost half -- 45 percent -- said they had been in an argument about politics since the election. Democrats  seem to have been more active politically than Republicans or independents. While 37 percent of Democrats told pollsters they had participated in a political rally or meeting since the election, only 8 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of independents said they had don so.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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