President-elect Donald Trump seemed to be pretty confident Monday evening that no one was worried about potential conflicts of interest between his old job running the Trump Organization and his new job running the country.
Prior to the election it was well known that I have interests in properties all over the world.Only the crooked media makes this a big deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
The tweet was apparently in response to an article at the New York Times suggesting that Trump used an audience with British politicians to encourage them to continue his long-standing jeremiad against wind farms. That article came on the tail of a number of other articles detailing ways in which Trump has been blurring his personal and political interests since winning the presidential election.
On Tuesday morning, a new poll from CNN and its polling partner ORC indicated that members of the media weren't the only ones concerned about potential conflicts of interest. Asked whether they thought Trump's plan to hand the Trump Organization over to his three oldest children did enough to prevent possible conflicts of interest, most Americans said it didn't.
That includes a quarter of Republicans — which is notable because in most other regards, Republicans are much more optimistic about Trump's impending presidency.
The vast majority of members of his party, for example, are optimistic that Trump will do a good job as president. Democrats, less so.
More than half the country thinks he'll do a good job, powered by that optimism from Republicans.
Even after reports of dysfunction in his transition team and some questionable social media decisions, Republicans have gotten more confident in Trump's ability to get the job done since Election Day, while Democrats — perhaps predictably — say their confidence has waned.
Most Americans also said that they think Trump will change the country — but the nearly half of Democrats who say that he will mostly think he'll change it for the worse. Most Republicans think he'll change it, and for the better.
While Americans are generally confident that Trump will be able to accomplish goals like renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and repealing the Affordable Care Act, they're remarkably pessimistic about the prospect of that wall on the Mexican border. A quarter of Republicans say that they think it won't happen, along with majorities of Democrats and independents.
It suggests again that people understand the difference between Trump's insistent rhetoric and what's actually feasible. Tweets like the one above, making a claim that contradicts the evidence at hand, haven't done a whole lot to shift people's confidence in his ability to get the job done.
Incidentally, Quinnipiac University asked voters whether Trump should keep his personal Twitter account as president. A majority overall and within each party replied no.