Poll Shows Public Opinion of Donald Trump Improving

December 7, 2016 Updated: December 7, 2016

A new poll has found that President-elect Donald Trump’s image has improved among Americans since he won the presidency last month, but most people don’t think he’ll build a wall separating the United States and Mexico as he promised during his 2016 campaign.

The George Washington University Battleground Poll found that 45 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Trump—a 9-point increase since October when the poll was last conducted. About 49 percent of people have an unfavorable view of Trump.

Some 49 percent of poll respondents indicated they’re “concerned or scared” about Republicans controlling both Congress and the executive branch, while 47 percent indicated they’re “excited or hopeful.”

“It’s clear that the campaigns and the election results have jarred the nation,” Michael Cornfield, an associate professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, said in a statement.

He added: “Twice as many registered voters chose ‘scared” over ‘excited’ as their foremost emotional reaction. ‘Division in the country’ was the top issue they want the new administration and Congress to address. The anxious mood presents an opportunity for leadership through reassuring language and transparent policymaking.”

Some 55 percent of voters believe it is likely that Trump will not build the wall along the southern border. But 79 percent of respondents he’ll repeal and replace Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, another Trump campaign promise.

The poll, conducted between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, has a plus or minus 3.1 margin of error. It questioned 1,000 voters.