Economic improvement under Donald Trump means that Democrats are having a problem leveraging voter discontent for the November elections.
How do you offer hope to people who are already seeing the results of economic improvement? That’s the issue facing Democrats and they are admitting it.
It’s not just the economy that is working against Democrats. They also have to campaign against the removal of North Korea as a nuclear threat by peaceful means. This hasn’t happened yet, but it’s a possibility and the Democrats should be eager for it. But that would mean admitting that all their warnings about Donald Trump trying to start a nuclear war with North Korea were completely wrong.
Real Clear Politics reports, “Democrats’ Economic Quandary in 2018 Messaging.”
Democratic campaign operatives have acknowledged that running against Donald Trump and the White House controversy du jour — at the expense of more substantive policy issues — could weaken their advantages heading into November’s midterms. And complicating their case further are signs of economic improvement, including recent labor statistics showing national unemployment at a near-20-year low of 3.9 percent.
Of course, Democrats always claim that their policies will produce a more stable economic future.
But efforts to explain the party’s plan to “revisit” the tax law if elected to the House majority underscore the difficult question Democrats are trying to answer: How do you talk about the economy when the economy is good?
“Every time [Democrats] deny the economy is starting to turn or get better for certain parts of the population, they also hurt themselves,” says party strategist Hank Sheinkopf. “They appear to be cheering on bad news.”
And Democrats could face a similar challenge on recent news about Trump’s plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, seen as entirely separate issue but nevertheless one that relates to overall feelings of security. While success on that front is hypothetical at this point, opponents of the president are already trying to balance skepticism and applauding signs of progress. A CNN poll released this week, for example, found that 77 percent of Americans approve of the meeting.
That same survey found that 52 percent of voters approve of Trump’s handling of the economy, up from 48 percent in March. And 57 percent of voters said things overall are going well, up from 49 percent registered in the last poll on that question in February. Notably, 84 percent cited the economy an either extremely or very important factor in how they will vote in November, up from 74 percent in February. And the survey found the Democrats’ advantage on the generic ballot to be just three percentage points, down from six in March and 16 in February. (The RealClearPolitics average shows Democrats with a generic ballot lead of six points.)
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