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Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Give Trump Credit for Economy

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May 21, 2018

Sixty-eight percent of adults and of swing-voting independents give credit to President Donald Trump’s policies for the good economy, according to a new CBS poll.

The mid-May poll of 2,223 adults shows that Trump gets credit from only 53 percent of Democrats — but gets credit from 65 percent of blacks, 60 percent of Hispanics, 69 percent of whites and 87 percent of Republicans.

Despite the widespread endorsements, many people are still cautious or even pessimistic about the direction of Trump’s economy, partly because wages have been stalled for several decades. Forty-two percent say they are optimistic for people like themselves, but 33 percent say they are pessimistic and 25 percent say they are “not sure.”

Wages nudged up in early 2018, amid growing worry among business groups that they may have to raise wages in Trump’s high-pressure, low-immigration economy. However, business groups are pushing Congress hard to get a new wave of wage-cutting migrant workers into the economy.

Seventy-eight percent of Republicans say they are optimistic — but only 39 percent of swing-voting independents said they are optimistic.

Among black voters — a core part of the Democratic base — 31 percent said they were optimistic, while 37 percent of Hispanics said they were optimistic. Those two groups’ “note sure” numbers were 31 percent and 28 percent.

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This article was posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:57 am

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