Only 15 per cent think he will be a good presidentby Andrew Hawkins / November 25, 2016 / Leave a comment
When polled by Comres, two-thirds of Britons feared that President Trump “makes the world a more dangerous place.”
Ariana Grande cried, the Dalai Lama declared he had “no worries,” and Piers Morgan congratulated his “friend” on his victory. While the world comes to terms with Donald Trump’s election, the President-Elect is appointing his top team. He has, perhaps predictably, tapped several multi-billionaires, but has also set about making his peace with Republicans who criticised him during the campaign, doling out senior cabinet roles to several of them.
The British Government has experienced an uncharacteristically rocky start to it all. Former David Cameron aide Steve Hilton described Trump’s victory as “a giant middle finger to Hillary Clinton’s sneering liberal elite supporters”—but that medial digit has felt as much aimed at Theresa May as it was the Democratic Presidential candidate. That the Foreign Office, and Downing Street, failed to take seriously the outsider’s chances of pulling off a win, however unlikely, and to build links with the Trump team, shows stunning complacency. The public suggestion that Nigel Farage could be Her Majesty’s next Washington Ambassador shows how little the UK can take for granted from the new administration.
The British public is worried too. ComRes polled immediately after the result was announced. As well as finding two-thirds of Britons feared President Trump “makes the world a more dangerous place,” More than half, 53 per cent, expect him to be a bad president while only 15 per cent think he will be a good one.
There has been much speculation over the parallels between Brexit and the Trump victory and there is some evidence that the same societal divisions that plucked referendum defeat for David Cameron were at work in Trump’s victory.
Those divisions, though, go much deeper than disagreement over membership of the European Union, American jobs, or even Virginia’s transgender bathrooms. Michael Ashcroft back in June presented British referendum voters, and more recently US Presidential electors, with different “isms” and asked whether they thought them a force for good or ill. The polling revealed some striking similarities between the attitudes of both “Leave” and Republican voters, and between “Remain” voters and Democrats.