Now that President Trump has been in office for a year, America asked readers to reflect on his best and worst policies.
Although many readers were dismayed by being asked to pick a “best” policy, 31 percent of respondents told America that restrictions on abortion were Mr. Trump’s best policy. “This is one of his only policies that is pro-life,” wrote Jean Sanifer of St. Louis. “Cutting health care, immigration bans, withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement and even ending the ban on importing elephant trophies—almost every policy he has enacted shows a lack of respect for the poor and for life itself.” Mat Wilson of Montgomery, Tex., echoed this point: “I want an end to abortion, but Trump isn’t allowing for appropriate accommodations or benefits to help with postnatal and prenatal care, which are necessary to the health and wellbeing of mother and child.”
Following abortion restrictions, respondents named renegotiating or leaving trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Nafta (23 percent) and cutting taxes (20 percent) as Mr. Trump’s best policies.
When asked to choose Mr. Trump’s worst policy, 31 percent of respondents named his policies on immigration. One reader from Philadelphia told America that Mr. Trump’s immigration policies “stem from his lack of respect for basic human rights and arise from the most egregious racism.” Sebastian Belloni of Gaithersburg, Md., concurred: “Trump’s immigration policies are racist, inhumane, and anti-family. He is splitting up families, targeting religious and ethnic minorities, and scapegoating nonwhite aliens. They do not display the compassion toward others that Jesus challenges us all to strive for.”
After immigration, respondents told America that Mr. Trump’s worst policies were his handling of foreign affairs, such as the U.S.-North Korea relationship, the campaign against ISIS and declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel (18 percent); and cutting back federal regulations (12 percent).