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Randolph County Herald Tribune - Chester, IL
  • Stat of the Week: 58 percent of Americans think Trump too impulsive to lead

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  • It's no secret that late-night Twitter barrages and impromptu attacks at debates helped Donald Trump into his position as the GOP front-runner last year, and on a visceral level his usage of social media was very effective.
    But one knock against him from opponents has always been his tendency to be too impulsive.
    Democrat Hillary Clinton asked Americans, "Is this the man you want with his fingers on the nuclear codes?" and then it turned out, on Nov. 8, America felt that economic circumstances called for a new leader from a different party.
    Even so, they still think he's too impulsive. Where Trump stands on decision-making with the American public
    According to the Pew Research Center, when it comes to making important decisions, 58 percent of all U.S. citizens think that Trump will be too impulsive.
    That's compared to just 34 percent who think he will be "about right," and a peculiar 4 percent who think he will be "too cautious."
    This news comes on the heels of what the Trump team is calling a FAKE NEWS scandal involving British intel on a supposed Russian espionage mission, citing unconfirmed sources that revealed a link between prostitutes in that country and the president-elect. Trump has not excelled in explaining his policies
    Pew also discovered that just 39 percent of observers approve of the job President-elect Trump has done explaining his policies and plans for the future.
    However, the findings are in line with partisan views that have remained unchanged since the time of the election: 72 percent of Republicans (and those leaning GOP) approve of the job he's done thus far, as compared with a mere 13 percent of Democrats and those who lean to the left.
    The current battle over repealing and replacing Obamacare is being done behind closed doors, as senators such as Rand Paul of Kentucky are vying for space in the legislation that will eventually replace it. Within his first 100 days, Trump is expected to sign several executive orders undoing Obama's unilateral actions.
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