Voters see Trump as "Decisive Leader" in new Gallup poll

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
October 12, 2020

A Gallup poll taken between September 14 and 28 is shedding some light on how Americans view both former Vice President Joe Biden (D) and President Donald Trump (R).

When compared on eight character dimensions, Americans differ the most in terms of their perception when discussing the likeability of each candidate. It’s reported that 66% of Americans believe that Vice President Biden is likeable while 36% of Americans believe that President Trump is likeable. In addition, more Americans are reported to perceive Biden as being honest and trustworthy along with caring for the needs of the people over President Trump. However, Trump only surpasses Biden when it comes to being perceived as a strong and decisive leader.

In contrast, a slim majority also believes that Vice President Biden would be able to manage the government effectively while 46% believe that the Vice President would keep his promises.

The poll indicated that Americans are evenly divided when it comes to the idea of President Trump managing the government with 48% saying that he can while 52% say that he cannot manage the government. As well, 47% believe that President Trump can bring about positive change that the country needs while 53% believe that he will not.

Though the President does stagger with some characteristics, leadership has always proven to be a relative strength for the President.

In the fall of 2016, 57% perceived him to be a strong and decisive leader while the new Gallup poll indicates that 56% now see him as a strong and decisive leader.

The poll comes at a time when national polls have Biden leading the President, and this includes Biden leading Trump in the sunshine state.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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