FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The country is divided on whether or not President Trump had a successful first year in office, and that divide is even present here in Northeast Indiana.
Back in May 2016, the Coliseum was packed when Donald Trump spoke in Fort Wayne, talking about saving Indiana jobs, promising to keep the borders safe, and 'Making America Great Again,' saying, “we’re going to build a wall, Mexico is going to pay for the wall. We’re going to stop the drugs.”
David and Joan Bryant believe Trump has had a good first year overall.
“I like his first year, the only problem I have with his is that he gets himself into trouble by tweeting a lot," says David Bryant. "So, I would like to see a little less of that, but yes, I’m very pleased with President Trump.”
Another local resident is less than pleased with Trump so far.
“I think it’s a complete and utter failure," says Dala Manny. "I think he’s all about himself, and his image, and pushing his own company, even though he’s not allowed to do that. He’s not done anything for anybody who’s struggling in life. He’s pushing for the rich people, and that’s about it.”
Despite public opinion, Dr. Elliot Bartky, a professor of political science at IPFW, says that Trump does deserve some praise in doing his job.
“The economy is booming now," says Bartky. "The stock market is doing better than it's done in anybody who’s alive, pretty much, in memory and it’s doing very well and unemployment is way down and it’s going down. Inflation doesn’t seem to be going up.”
Bartky went on to say that unemployment has gone down along with minority unemployment. He acknowledged that some of these successes have been inherited by Obama, but he still deserves some credit for keeping the momentum going.
However, not everything is rosy for Trump. According to fivethirtyeight.com, recent national polls have President Trump’s approval rating only around 40% and there may be a reason behind his unpopularity.
“The biggest problem is the strange nature of the President's character, and his carrying on and tweeting and his use of the media," says Bartky. "So there, and I think that has something to do with the popularity and the level of unpopularity because he does peculiar things.”
Regardless of public opinion, Dr. Bartky says it’s a good idea to wait until year 2 to judge whether or not Trump will be deemed an overall success.