What Trump doesn’t know can hurt him

What Trump doesn’t know can hurt him
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Forty-four men have pre­vi­ously taken the oath of of­fice and as­sumed the awe­some re­spons­ib­il­it­ies of the job, but Pres­id­ent-elect Trump’s chal­lenges are unique.

First, no pres­id­ent in mod­ern times has taken of­fice with the pub­lic so skep­tic­al of him. The Jan. 12-15 NBC News/Wall Street Journ­al poll of 1,000 adults showed that just 38 per­cent of the pub­lic had a pos­it­ive view of Trump while 48 per­cent had a neg­at­ive view (13 per­cent had neut­ral feel­ings), for a net minus 10 points. When Barack Obama entered of­fice, he had rat­ings of 67 per­cent pos­it­ive and 13 per­cent neg­at­ive, for a net plus 54. Even after a con­tested elec­tion out­come go­ing all the way to the U.S. Su­preme Court, George W. Bush re­cor­ded a 50 per­cent pos­it­ive rat­ing and 30 per­cent neg­at­ive, for net plus 20. In 1993, Bill Clin­ton took over with a 64 per­cent pos­it­ive rat­ing and 16 per­cent neg­at­ive, for a net plus 48.

Second, Trump is not par­tic­u­larly well versed on the de­tails of is­sues. It’s one thing to make pro­nounce­ments on gen­er­al policy ques­tions. It is quite an­oth­er to mas­ter the in­tric­a­cies of the is­sues in or­der to reach a de­sired out­come, as he is find­ing out on the is­sue of re­peal­ing and re­pla­cing the Af­ford­able Care Act.

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