In light of recent events, our 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump’s approval rating among Americans has seen a dramatic improvement in the last few months – a significant one at that. On June 5th, his approval level has finally broke through the 40%-mark according to a Gallup poll, a surmounting accomplishment considering it is the highest percentage point the Commander in Chief has held since 20017. It is certainly interesting to take a look at why this might be, and observe the factors that have led to the red figure slowly becoming a much more positive one.
What may be most astonishing of all is this striated increase in national approval rating is not limited to any one particular party. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents have all formed a collective agreement that the President is on the right path when it comes to decision making. Approval from the left is even proven to be higher within certain demographics among millennials. This is likely due to the President’s recent reassuring words on topics such as police reform, defunding, and creating economic opportunity. He has spoken out on multiple occasions against the horrific events of evil police brutality, especially towards African Americans. Under the proposed “Just Opportunity Freedom Plan,” it is designed to close economic gaps that plague our nation and promote positive change for vulnerable communities.
So, if the data suggests that Donald Trump’s approval ratings have seen a tremendous rise recently, is the phenomenon purely based on the concept of improved policies? Or is it a case of collective national amnesia?
In truth, it is likely a combination of both. It cannot be argued that the American population has seen a visible effort by the President to better his standing with not just the nation as a whole, but also with specific constituencies that the majority of us identify with. From emotive speeches on racism and criminal justice reform, to his approach in managing a shunner of potentially devastating conflicts between the US and other countries (namely Russia and Iran), Donald Trump has taken many steps to ensure that his policies aid in the protection of all the diverse backgrounds within our society.
At the same time, it must be emphasized that people do have a tendency to forget the mistakes of the past, when a barrage of fresh news follows close behind. Whether it was through a mass media blackout over his countless misjudged tweets and comments, or the lack of accountability for a president who willfully divided so many instead of uniting them, it is possible many of us still have forgotten how soon we were to abandon “hope” just a few short years ago.
The future is unclear. For now, it is on our shoulders to ensure that the monarchy of tyranny is far behind us, and that a new era of understanding is before us.