Poll: Majority says Trump not changing Washington

Poll: Majority says Trump not changing Washington
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A majority of Americans say President Trump has not made progress on his pledge to change Washington, according to a new poll.

Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults say that Trump has not had success on that goal, while 40 percent say Trump has made headway on the campaign-trail promise, according to a Gallup survey released Tuesday.

The survey was conducted April 21–22, about a week before Trump marked his 100th day in office over the weekend.

U.S. adults held more positive views about former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden looks to South Carolina to turn around campaign To winnow primary field, Obama and other Democrats must speak out  The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Facebook — Washington, Wall Street on edge about coronavirus MORE's efforts to change Washington around the same mark in his presidency, according to Gallup's polling.

In 2009, after he was first elected, 53 percent said Obama had made progress compared to 45 percent who said he had not, according to the poll.


Trump admitted last week that being president is more difficult than his previous life as a businessman.

“I loved my previous life,” he told Reuters. “I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

Trump also bemoaned the “little cocoon” surrounding the White House, noting he “can’t drive anymore” due to security concerns.

The presidency is the first public office held by Trump, who previously oversaw a vast business empire based in New York.

Trump repeatedly pledged to “drain the swamp” during his 2016 election campaign and end corruption in Washington.

Gallup conducted its latest survey of 1,024 U.S. adults via cellphones and landlines. It has a 4 percentage point margin of error.