President Trump’s Approval in Columbia, MO

Today in my news writing class we had our final deadline assignment. For this assignment, I drew a story topic out of a box at the start of class. I had to research the topic, correctly attribute some data, write interview questions, interview at least two sources, and write and edit a 230-240 word story for AP/Missourian style by the end of class. My class runs from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. This was a tough and very stressful assignment, but it was very fun and a great learning experience.

My story topic was: the 100-day mark for the Trump administration is this week. Do local voters approve of the job that he’s doing?

Here’s my story:

COLUMBIA, Mo – President Donald Trump has been in office for almost 100 days. Some Columbia voters don’t approve of the job he’s doing.

According to the Gallup Daily Trump Job Approval poll on April 27, 2017, 39 percent of Americans believe that the Trump administration is doing a good job.

Columbia resident David Mitchell considers himself to lean more left on the political spectrum. He thinks that the Trump administration is hurting civil rights for most Americans.

“Trump is undoing many of our civil rights that have been in place for years now,” Mitchell said. “It is detrimental to this country.”

On February 8, 2017, Trump posted a graphic from a poll on his Twitter page that claimed 55 percent of voters approve of his immigration ban.

MU student Jessica Bromeier said that she falls toward the middle of the political spectrum. Bromeier believes that Trump’s travel ban is senseless.

“The travel ban is stupid,” Bromeier said. “He’s too far right and keeps going back and forth on things he says.”

Some conservative Columbia residents also don’t agree with what the Trump administration is doing. MU student Cole Archer believes that Trump leans too far right on many of his policies.

“He’s pretty radical,” Archer said. “I don’t agree with a lot of the things that he’s doing.”

According to Gallup, Trump was the first president in the history of their polls that had an initial approval rating below 50 percent.