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Florida Insider Poll on Donald Trump’s first year

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Donald Trump was elected one year ago Tuesday, so we conducted a poll Florida Insiders Poll to take stock. The results aren't pretty for president , but keep in mind many of these insiders expected Jeb Bush would be the president and later Hillary Clinton.

Nearly two thirds of the more than 200 Florida lobbyists, political operatives, money raisers and the like surveyed said Trump's performance over the past year has been "terrible" or "poor," with a majority saying terrible. Nearly one in five said "fair," 13 percent said "good" and 4 percent "excellents

"He seems wholly unprepared and unwilling to do the heavy lifting (briefings, reports, etc) to become adequately knowledgeable to make weighty decisions. He has the attention span of a child, and no interest in governing," said an independent. "Trump is destroying the honorable Reagan/Goldwater conservative movement in the Republican Party and replacing it with nationist populism – the odious antithesis of the Republican Party that Ronald Reagan stood for. Sad for our nation. Sad for the Republican Party. Sad for the conservative movement."

More than three out of four of the Insiders — including 106 Republicans, 87 Democrats, and 15 others –predicted that Trump will hurt Republican candidates in 2018.

"Trump is setting good policies for the most part – he's just creating an environment that makes it almost impossible for those who embrace those policies to get elected in the future. His failure on Obamacare is staggering, although the Senators who disingenuously voted for repeal when they knew Obama would veto and are now refusing to do the same are more to blame. If the Republicans fail on tax reform and don't get their act together soon, next November will be worse than a "shellacking" for Republicans,: said a Republican.

"But Trump has only proven all of us fools every time," lamented one Democrat.

"The President will marginally hurt the Republican candidates in Florida. If Florida reacts like Virginia, the President was instrumental in encouraging Democratic turnout," a Republican said.

Thirty percent doubted he will seek a second term.

The good news for Trump? Half of those surveyed said Trump would beat Clinton in Florida again if the election were held today.

"There is only one person in the US who would lose to Donald Trump – today, tomorrow or the day after – and that is Hillary Clinton,"a Republican said.

We allow the Florida Insiders to comment anonymously to encourage honest assessments.

This month's Florida Insiders:

Abel Harding Abel,Alan Stonecipher,, Jason Altmire, Scott Arceneaux, Donna Arduin, Dave Aronberg, Roger Austin, Ryan Banfill,Christina Barker, Scott Barnhart, Rodney Barreto,Ashley Bauman, David Beattie, Alan Becker, Geoffrey Becker, Samudl Bell, Allan Bense, Wayne Bertsch, Ron Bilbao, David Bishop, Barney Bishop III, Greg Blair, Bob Poe, Katie Bohnett, Anthony Bonna, Paul Bradshaw, Bob Buckhorn, Bill Bunkley, Brad Burleson, Dominic M. Calabro, Bernie Campbell, Al Cardenas, Reggie Cardozo, Betty Castor, Kevin Cate, Jim Cherry, Case Chip, Ulvert Christian, Alan Clendenin, Kelly Cohen, Brad Coker, Matthew Corrigan, Brian Crowley, Ana Cruz, Justin Day, Richard Denapoli, Pablo Diaz, Arlene Dibenigno, Victor Dimaio, Doc Dockery, Paula Dockery, Brett Doster, Kirsten Dougherty, Ryan Duffy, Barry Edwards, Johnson Eric, Kirk Erik, Perez-Verdia Evelyn, Alia Faraj-Johnson, Peter Feaman, Cesar Fernandez, Mark Ferrulo, Damien Filer, Mark Foley, Kirk Fordham, Brian Franklin, Towson Fraser, Ellen Freidin, John French, Jack Furnari, Wayne Garcia, Josh Geise, Dan Gelber, Steve Geller, Richard Gentry, Julia Gill Woodward, Susan Glickman, Brian Goff, Jose Gonzalez, Adam Goodman, Bob Graham, Joe Gruters, Stephanie Grutman, Ron Gunzburger, Corbella Gus, Ralph Haben, Mike Hamby, Marion Hammer, Mike Hanna, Chris Hartline, Bill Helmich, Ann Herberger, Max Herrle, Mike Hightower, Don Hinkle, Jim Holton, Jim Horne, Cumber Husein, Erin Isaac, Aubrey Jewett, Rimes Jim, David Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Ausman Jon, Eric Jotkoff, Doug Kaplan, Joshua Karp, Henry Kelley, Omar Khan, Kim Mcdougal, John Konkus, Chris Korge, Jeff Kottkamp, Kartik Krishnaiyer, Stephanie Kunkel, Kristy Campbell, Zach Learner, Bill Lee, Jackie Lee, Alan Levine, Bethany Leytham, Al Maloof,Javier Manjarres, Roly Marante, William March, Beth Matuga, Stephanie McClung, Darrick D. McGhee, Nancy McGowan, Clarence McKee, David Mica, Jamie Miller, Jon Mills, Paul Mitchell, Pete Mitchell, Lucy Morgan, Ana Navarro, Pat Neal, Nikkie Lowrey, Meredith O'Rourke, Maurizio Passariello, Slevin Patrick, Alex Patton, Brandon Patty,Darryl Paulson, Anthony Pedicini, Jorge Pedraza, Rockie Pennington, Kirk Pepper, Sean Phillippi, Fredrick Piccolo, Gretchen Picotte, Ron Pierce, J.C. Planas, Van Poole, David Ramba, Susannah Randolph, Marc Reichelderfer, George Riley, Franco Ripple, Terrie Rizzo, Monica Rodriguez, Jason Rosenberg, Jason Roth, Sarah Rumpf, Ron Sachs, April Salter, Rashid Sam, Steve Schale, Tom Scherberger, April Schiff, Watson Screven, Kathleen Shanahan, Bud Shorstein, Alex Sink, Bob Sparks, Jones Stafford, John Stemberger, Mac Stipanovich, Amber Stoner, Richard Swann, Nancy Texeira, Grigsby Thomas, Phillip Thompson, Cory Tilley, Scarritt Tom, Tillison Tom, Greg C. Truax, Frank Tsamoutales, Jason Unger, Karen Unger, Greg Ungru, Erin Vansickle, Ashley Walker, Peter Wallace, John Wehrung, Andrew Weinstein, Susie Wiles, Mike Williams, Gregory Wilson, Rick Wilson, Leslie Wimes, Jeff Wright, Zachariah Zachariah, Christian Ziegler, Mark Zubaly.

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