Looking back on Trump’s first 100 days

Multimedia Reporting by Ginna Royalty

Graphic by the Elon Poll

On his campaign trail, President Donald Trump made a lot of promises about what he would do during his first 100 days in office. “We have drugs. We have debt. We have empty factories. That’s going to end. That’s going to end. So easy,” Trump said.

But what has Trump accomplished during his first 100-days in office? Before his election, he promised to repeal and replace ObamaCare, crack down on illegal immigration and pursue a tax overhaul.

A recent Elon Poll shows that 51% of voters in North Carolina disapprove of how Trump is handling the job of president. According to the results of the poll, 49 percent say Trump is doing a worse job as president than President Obama, while only 39 percent say Trump is outperforming his predecessor.

Melissa Roy, Elon student who works in the provost office, disapproves of how Trump has done during his first 100 days in office.

“I think the first 100 days has been completely unsuccessful,” said Melissa Roy, junior at Elon. “I think that the people that voted for him are disappointed. The 100-day mark is an indicative sign that he is not capable of fulfilling those campaign promises.”

In a memo from the White House regarding the first 100 days of the Trump Administration’s time in office, they highlight the Trump administration’s job creation efforts as well as regulation cuts and national security measures. However, the majority of Trump’s accomplishments have been made through executive action or memorandum, something Republicans decried Obama for doing during his second term.

“Typically, presidents enjoy strong support during their first 100 days even from former opponents and critics,” said Jason Husser, director of the Elon Poll. “The Trump presidency is different. His level of support in his first 100 days both for himself personally and for his key policies is as low as we’ve seen in the history of opinion polling.”


Of the 37 points on Trump's 100 days of accomplishments memo, 62% were accomplished by executive order or memorandum.
Graphic by Ginna Royalty

Regarding Trump’s Twitter usage, the Elon Poll found that 73 percent of voters disapproved and found Trump’s Twitter usage to be inappropriate.


“I think that people might overreact a bit to his Twitter usage,” said Larry Salvucci, senior at Elon. “That’s just who he is. Personally, it doesn’t bother me as much as other people.”

Among N.C. voters, 59 percent oppose building a wall in between the United States and Mexico. The support and disapproval are very clearly divided between political parties, 76 percent of Republicans are in favor of going ahead with building the wall and 92 percent of Democrats oppose it.

Justin Miller, an Elon freshman, is excited to see what Trump has planned next.

Women voters were more likely to give bad marks to Trump’s job performance, with 54 percent disapproving of how he is handling the job and only 38 percent approving. As for Trump’s campaign promises, 56 percent believe he’s doing what he said he would do as president while 38 percent believe that his actions haven’t lined up with what he promised.

“I think that Trump has done an alright job over the past 100 days,” said Justin Miller, a freshman at Elon. “I’m kind of scared to see what he is going to do next but at the same time, it could help our country. I’m nervous and excited to see what he has in store for our country.”

The Elon poll is a live-caller survey done through landline and cell phones of 506 voters. They were registered voters who were classified as likely voters in the Nov. 8 election. It has a margin error of +/- 4.36 percentage points.

Bozena Zayac, Elon community member, gives her opinion on Trump’s first 100 days in office.