HIGH POINT — President-elect Donald Trump’s ascension to the nation’s highest office has brought protest and criticism.
Now, a new High Point University Poll reveals that 44 percent of North Carolina residents are happy with his election — while only one in five believe the country is headed in the right direction.
The poll results showing the state’s division come two weeks after a bitter election that Trump surprised many by winning.
According to the poll, 44 percent of the state’s residents said they were happy that Trump will be president, 38 percent said they were unhappy and 18 percent had no opinion.
Fifty-two percent of respondents said they were happy that the Republican Party would control the U.S. Senate in January.
And while 47 percent said they approve of Trump’s policies and plans, 62 percent of those same respondents said they believe Trump will be successful in getting them passed into law.
“The message from these numbers is that a majority of North Carolinians see some momentum for Donald Trump’s agenda even if they are split on whether they are happy or unhappy about his election,” said Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll, in a news release.
And the political divisiveness that permeated the elections didn’t miss poll respondents. An overwhelming majority — 85 percent — said there was more negative campaigning in this election cycle compared to past ones.
Furthermore, 72 percent said the American people are more divided after the 2016 elections. Thirty-six percent said they expected relations between Republicans and Democrats in Washington to get worse — about the same percentage who said they expected relations to stay about the same.
“Despite Donald Trump’s being elected to the presidency, we do not see any change in North Carolinians’ assessments of the direction of the country,” McDonald said. “We may need to wait to see how these North Carolina residents react to the direction of the Trump presidency.”
Jonnelle Davis is a reporter for the Greensboro News & Record. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and (336) 373-7080.