Thursday, April 27, 2017

Confidence On Trump Fixing The Economy Is Weak

The chart above reflects the numbers of a new Gallup Poll -- done on April 21st and 22nd of a random national sample of 1,024 adults, with a 4 point margin of error.

Trump has bragged that he would be a great president on the economy -- spurring economic growth and creating a massive amount of new jobs. The chart shows the public is not buying into those claims right now. Only 48% of the public has a great deal/fair amount of confidence in Trump on the economy, while 51% have little or no confidence in Trump's ability to handle the economy effectively.

Those are abnormally low figures for a president in April of the first year of his first term. At this same time in their presidencies, George W. Bush had a 20 point higher rating than Trump and Barack Obama had a 23 point higher rating.

The public likes to give presidents of both parties the benefit of the doubt as they begin their first term, but not with Trump. Many more Americans think Trump either doesn't have the economic knowledge necessary to fix the economy, or that he will simply act to better his own wealth (and that of his rich cronies) -- and so far, Trump has done nothing to dispel that.

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