Rolling Stone had a good article on how Donald Trump’s policies are go against not only the wishes of a majority of the American public, but also many (not all) of the wishes of a majority of Republican voters.
I think this is interesting, but the fact is that leaders of both political parties have gone against the wishes of the American public for a long time without suffering fatal consequences.
The American public didn’t want the government to bail out Wall Street, but it happened just the same.
Many Americans are so disillusioned with American politics that they no longer are indignant about politicians who break their promises. In the 2016 election, more voters stayed home than voted either Democratic or Republican.
I think some Trump voters never really expected Trump to build his Mexican barrier wall, to put Hillary Clinton in jail or do any of the other things he promised to do I think they just enjoyed hearing him express their anger at the powers that be, without expecting any result.
As for me, I think Trump can be counted on to keep all his promises to crush the weak (such as unauthorized immigrants) and none of his promises to stand up to the powerful (such as Goldman Sachs).
How Trump’s Agenda Clashes With What Americans Want by Tim Dickinson for Rolling Stone. This is the source of thc charts. The article has a lot of other good information.
Why Polls Differ on Trump’s Popularity by Nate Silver for FiveThirtyEight. Don’t count Trump out. Polls of all adults show a strong anti-Trump majority, but polls of registered or likely voters show him nearly breaking even.
Note: I changed the headline from “out of step with the public” to “out of step with public opinion” to reflect the point that the post was about Trump’s policies and not about his personal popularity.