As President Donald Trump hits 100 days in office on Saturday, opinion in South Florida is every bit as polarized as it was on Election Day almost six months ago.
- Ruben Kagan, who lives west of Boynton Beach, thinks Trump “is the best thing that ever happened.” Melissa Nocera, who lives west of Boca Raton, thinks “he’s narcissistic and out of his mind.”
- Randall Bishop, of Sunrise, is worried that Trump’s handing of the nuclear threat from North Korea could end in World War III. Sandor Goldstein, a Wisconsonite who spends some of his cold weather time in West Boca — and whose son is an Air Force physician stationed in South Korea — is confident the president’s approach will keep his son safe.
- Leslie Fleming, of Lighthouse Point, praises Trump as “a fighter. He’s trying to do everything he promised.” Her husband Scott said he’s troubled by what he sees as Trump’s impulsive flip-flopping and called the president’s behavior “embarrassing” for the country.
As Trump reaches the 100-day mark, interviews in recent days with 34 people in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties show widely divergent — and intense — views about the real estate developer turned reality TV show host turned president.
Republicans, and independents who voted for Trump, turned in many grades of A for his first 100 days. Democrats and independents who voted last year for Hillary Clinton mostly gave Ds and Fs. Only a handful of people judged him in the middle, with a C.
The divergent outlooks show up in public opinion polls.
- Trump was viewed favorably by 45 percent of…
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