Many Americans say wealthy people and corporations will gain influence in the Trump administration. Four-in-ten say people like them will lose influence.
just 24% predict that children will gain influence under Trump, while 32% say they will lose influence and 41% say their influence will not be affected.
In 2009, 64% expected children to gain influence under Obama and 50% said the same about children during Bush’s presidency in 2001. In January 1993, 62% said children would gain influence in Bill Clinton’s administration.
In another change from recent presidents, more Americans say “people like yourself” will lose influence than gain influence in Washington when Trump takes office.
Currently, 40% say people like themselves will lose influence by Trump taking office, while 27% say they will gain and 31% expect not to be affected.
Just prior to Obama taking office in 2009, more than twice as many said people like them would gain rather than lose influence (47% vs. 18%) and the margin was nearly as wide before Clinton took office in January 1993 (43% vs. 22%). In early 2001, 35% said people like them would gain influence with Bush in the White House, while 26% thought they would lose influence.