Trump isn’t getting more popular, but his policies are
CNBC ^ | Feb 12, 2018 | Jake Novak
Posted on 2/12/2018, 1:45:34 PM by 11th_VA
Thanks to the improving economy, something very unusual is going on in American politics.
American voters are separating the personal from the political in perhaps the most significant way ever.
President Donald Trump’s overall approval rating in most polls is creeping up lately, yet it remains at historically weak levels for a president at this stage in his first term. But at the same time, voters are starting to become more positive about the economy and more willing to give Trump the credit for it.
Several polls are noting this trend, but it’s most clear in the latest Quinnipiac College poll released on Feb. 7. That poll still has Trump at a weak 40 percent approval rating. But 70 percent of respondents said the overall economy is “excellent” or “good.” That’s up from 66 percent in January and just 53 percent in April of last year.
Most importantly for the political discussion, voters in the Quinnipiac poll said Trump was more responsible for the economy than former President Barack Obama. That was by a 48 percent to 41 percent margin. That’s a 16 percentage point swing from January when the poll’s respondents said President Obama was more responsible by a 49 to 40 percent difference.
These numbers were enough to get poll expert Nate Silver to sit up and take notice:
This seems important — it’s not just that voters increasingly like how Trump is handling the economy, but also that they’re giving him more credit for it instead of treating it as having been inherited from Obama….
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