Long Islanders Believe in Trump (Sort Of)

When Donald Trump takes the oath of office today, his approval ratings will be the worst of any incoming president in modern history. But a majority of Long Islanders believe he’ll improve the local economy.

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Fifty-one percent of residents polled said they believe his economic policies will benefit Long Island, according to a Long Island Association business group poll of 703 registered voters.

Not everyone is so optimistic. Thirty-three percent feel his policies will be bad for the region’s economy and 15 percent said they don’t know or have no opinion. Respondents also aren’t so confident that he will help their personal bank accounts—only 41 percent think 2017 will bring more financial security than last year.

Nationally, Trump holds a 32 percent approval rating, according to a CBS News poll released this week—the lowest since the poll began in 1981.

There will be nationwide protests during Inauguration Weekend, including the Women’s March on Washington Saturday. Closer to home, Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin—who both frequently feud with Trump on Twitter while the latter also impersonates him on Saturday Night Live—were among protesters outside Trump International Hotel last night. Tonight, demonstrators will march from Foley Square to the Trump Building at 40 Wall Street at 5pm. The NYC Women’s March, a sister march of the D.C. protest, will begin Sunday at 11am at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th Street.

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.