According to a new AP-NORC Poll, 56% of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s management of the economy and 67% say the economy is in good shape, even though they are dissatisfied with the state of government and politics overall.
In the survey, the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago, asked, “Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling…?”
For “handling the economy,” 56% said they approve and 43% said they disapprove. The 56% approval is up from 44% during the same timeframe in 2019.
The survey was conducted Jan. 16-21, 2020, by interviewing adults age 18 and over representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia – 1,268 people answered the survey via the Web and 85 by telephone.
On foreign policy, however, only 39% said they approve while 59% said they disapprove.
The survey also asked, “How would you describe the nation’s economy these days? Would you say …” Sixty-seven percent said the economy is “very/somewhat/lean toward good.” At the same time last year, 61% said the same.
Only 33% of Americans said the economy is “lean toward/somewhat/very poor,” in the poll.
Another question was, “And how would you describe the financial situation in your own household these days? Would you say…” ?
In response, 69% said “very/somewhat/lean toward good,” which is up from 62% in the same time frame last year.
Only 31% this year said their financial situation “lean toward/somewhat/very poor.” And that’s down from 37% in 2019.
When asked “how motivated are you to vote in the 2020 presidential election,” 68% said they were “extremely/very motivated.”
For the survey, 45% of interviewees said they were Democrat and 36% said they were Republican. Ideologically, 29% said they were liberal and 44% said they were conservative. Another 26% said they were neither liberal nor conservative.
Reporting on the survey, the AP said, “Americans have largely positive views of both the economy and how Trump is handling it.”
“[T]he president has consistently been lifted by Americans’ assessment of his handling of the economy, which boasts a low 3.5% unemployment rate and steady job growth,” said the AP.
“The state of the job market has become a pivotal division between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challengers,” stated the AP. “Trump can campaign on the low unemployment rate and job growth as he seeks a second term. Democrats, seeking to oust him, will point to wages that have not taken off in a meaningful for many Americans coping with high costs for medical care and higher education.”