Americans feel good about Economy and give Trump Credit — CBS News poll

MAY 22, 2019

Fred Backus, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto

Most Americans remain confident about the U.S. economy and in their own financial

situation, and more now give President Trump"s policies credit for a strong economy

than did so last year.

Seven in 10 Americans say the economy is in good shape, including a quarter who

say it is very good. Nearly all Republicans and most Democrats and independents

share this view.

Americans increasingly give the president credit for the economy. Forty-one percent

of those who say the economy is good say Mr. Trump"s policies are mostly

responsible, up from 32% at the beginning of 2018. Republicans give the president

relatively more credit for the economy than Democrats do.

Forty-one percent of Americans approve of how Mr. Trump is handling his job as

president. That is closer to where his rating was last summer than it was in this poll

more recently, in January. Approval ratings have remained within a fairly narrow

range throughout his presidency so far.

Across particular measures, the economy is the president"s strongest: 50% of

Americans approve of how he"s handling the economy. In contrast, more Americans

disapprove of his handling of immigration, foreign policy, and trade with other


Amid congressional Democrats" attempts to investigate the president"s finances, 40%

of Americans think Mr. Trump has financially profited from his time in the presidency,

more so than the 24% who think he has made financial sacrifices in order to serve as

president. Another 33% don"t think his finances have changed much either way from

his being president. But partisans see this differently. Republicans are more apt to

feel he has made sacrifices and Democrats more prone to think he has gained


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