Donald Trump recently announced that he successfully negotiated a deal with Carrier that will end up saving 1,000 American jobs from moving to Mexico, fulfilling a core promise during his campaign, but not everyone was happy about it.
In an article featured in Newsweek, the author claimed that Trump’s deal with Carrier represented pure “crony capitalism”, despite President Obama securing billions in bailout money for the auto industry after he was elected. Even conservative icon and prior vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke out against the deal, also warning against the appearance of “crony capitalism”.
The criticism of this deal appears to have fallen on deaf ears, however, as a new poll by Politico/Morning Consult shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans are in favor of Donald Trump’s negotiations with Carrier.
Voters surveyed overwhelmingly view Trump’s negotiations with Carrier — which resulted in about 1,000 manufacturing jobs at the heating, ventilation and air conditioning company remaining in Indiana rather than moving to Mexico — as an appropriate use of presidential prerogative. And a majority of voters say the Carrier deal gives them a more favorable view of Trump, though his overall favorability ratings were virtually unchanged from mid-November.
While some conservatives and conservative groups — including The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin — have decried the Carrier deal as “crony capitalism,” the Politico/Morning Consult poll shows it’s a political winner for Trump. Sixty percent of voters say Carrier’s decision to keep some manufacturing jobs in Indiana, where Pence is still serving as governor, gives them a more favorable view of Trump. That includes not only 87 percent of self-identified Republicans, but also 54 percent of independents and 40 percent of Democrats.
Only 9 percent say it makes them view Trump less favorably, while 22 percent say it doesn’t have an impact either way.
“The Carrier announcement was big for Trump,” said Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult co-founder and chief research officer. “Rarely do we see numbers that high when looking at how specific messages and events shape public opinion.”
Overall, 60% of voters viewed Trump’s Carrier deal as favorable, with 89% of Trump voters and even 32% of Clinton voters having a positive outlook on the president-elect’s actions.
The poll also found that the majority of voters believe it is acceptable for a president and vice president to negotiate with private companies for the benefit of securing jobs or improving our economy. In every category, the majority of all voters agreed with various levels of interaction with private companies, with 51% approving of direct negotiations and 62% agreeing with offering businesses incentives to keep jobs in the United States.
The poll was conducted last Thursday and Friday, right after Carrier made the announcement that they had made a deal with Donald Trump to keep 1,000 jobs at their manufacturing plant in Indiana. Morning Consult conducted the survey using its online methodology, the poll included interviews with 1,401 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The poll results weren’t all sunshine and roses for Donald Trump, as 56% believed that the president-elect uses Twitter a little too much.
All in all, for a president-elect’s decisions to carry such a high approval rating before he’s even in office is a stunning achievement, and one that is sure to outweigh any negative reactions due to Trump’s tweets in the long run.
I think voters are willing to let Trump slide on his Twitter use as long as he is working hard on securing new jobs in the United States, while at the same time saving jobs from moving to other countries like Mexico. Just this week, in fact, Donald Trump and Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son announced a deal to invest $50 billion in U.S. businesses and create an estimated 50,000 jobs along with it. An investment, according to Masayoshi, that he would never have made were Donald Trump not set to become President of the United States.
So far, after barely of month of being president-elect, Trump has managed to save or create 51,000 jobs for United States workers. Not a bad start at all, and a trend that he is sure to continue once he is actually sworn into office.