- A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that an increasing percentage of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of the economy.
- That could buoy broader support as the Senate resumes his impeachment trial this week.
- The economy and public perceptions of it have historically played a crucial role in presidential elections.
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A new poll found that an increasing percentage of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of the economy, which could buoy broader support as the Senate resumes his impeachment trial this week.
In a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Monday, 56% of respondents said they approved of the way Trump had approached economic issues. That was the highest point of his term in this poll and a 10-point increase from the last reading, in September.
The economy and public perceptions of it have historically played a crucial role in presidential elections. Trump’s overall approval rating rose 6 points, to 44%, while 51% of respondents said they disapproved. The poll was conducted by telephone from January 20 to 23.
A historically low unemployment rate and stock-market record highs have together been a particular boon for Trump, who has steadily polled better on economic issues than on his overall performance in office.
Critics have sought to highlight policies that have worsened economic inequality, including tax cuts that benefited the wealthy and bruising trade disputes. But after rising for much of last year, concerns about an economic downturn have eased in recent months.
“This has helped boost approval of Trump’s handling of the economy and makes the economy a strength rather than a weakness in 2020,” said Charles Franklin, the director of the Marquette University Law School poll of voters in Wisconsin.
The poll results came at a critical moment for the Trump campaign. The White House on Monday resumed arguments defending the president against charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — just a week ahead of the Iowa caucuses, where Trump is hoping to signal strength against a crowded field of Democrats.