Almost two thirds of Americans believe we’re experiencing a good economy and most credit the President to some extent.
As we approach the midterms, a good economy is a positive sign for Republicans. It’s even more of a positive sign if more Americans acknowledge that good economy and credit Donald Trump for it. According to a recent CBS News Nation Tracker poll, many Americans do both.
Of course, a lot can happen in a few months. Gas prices might be a vulnerability and something else might go wrong. But, so far, Donald Trump has performed quite well.
Nearly 2 in 3 Americans think the nation’s economy is in good shape, and most of them believe President’s Trump’s policies are at least somewhat responsible for that. More Republicans rate the economy positively than do Democrats.
As Congressional primaries continue and Americans look ahead six months to their midterm votes, Mr. Trump looks like a positive factor among Republicans, 7 in 10 of whom say they’d prefer a candidate he backs — but the president’s influence is limited to his own party. More Independents say they’re less likely to support a candidate backed by Mr. Trump.[…]
Given a list of many different types of candidates to choose from, Democrats tend to divide between preferring either a moderate or a progressive Democrat. Republicans, meanwhile, strongly prefer a Congressional candidate who would be in line with Mr. Trump (75 percent) to a Republican who would act more independently from Mr. Trump (just 17 percent.)[…]
This survey has followed the levels of Trump support and opposition over time. Today, buoyed by their feelings that the economy is at least somewhat good, the ranks of Mr. Trump’s strongest backers have risen to 22 percent from 18 percent back in January. Many of these backers had previously adopted a wait-and-see approach, labeling themselves as more conditional in their support a few months ago. Supporters overall – both strong and conditional — together remain less than a majority, however, while the ranks of the strongest Trump opponents have remained steady.
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