Poll: 67% of Americans Say Economy is ‘Very/Somewhat/Lean Toward’ Good

By Bruce Truax | February 3, 2020 | 4:41pm EST
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According to a new AP-NORC Poll, 56% of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s management of the economy and 67% say the economy is in good shape, even though they are dissatisfied with the state of government and politics overall.

In the survey, the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago, asked, “Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling…?”

For “handling the economy,” 56% said they approve and 43% said they disapprove. The 56% approval is up from 44% during the same timeframe in 2019.

Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on February 3, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City. (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)
Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on February 3, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City. (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

The survey was conducted Jan. 16-21, 2020, by interviewing adults age 18 and over representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia – 1,268 people answered the survey via the Web and 85 by telephone.

On foreign policy, however, only 39% said they approve while 59% said they disapprove.


The survey also asked, “How would you describe the nation’s economy these days? Would you say …”  Sixty-seven percent said the economy is “very/somewhat/lean toward good.” At the same time last year, 61% said the same.

Only 33% of Americans said the economy is “lean toward/somewhat/very poor,” in the poll.

Another question was, “And how would you describe the financial situation in your own household these days? Would you say…” ?

In response, 69% said “very/somewhat/lean toward good,” which is up from 62% in the same time frame last year.

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Only 31% this year said their financial situation “lean toward/somewhat/very poor.” And that’s down from 37% in 2019.

When asked “how motivated are you to vote in the 2020 presidential election,” 68% said they were “extremely/very motivated.”

For the survey, 45% of interviewees said they were Democrat and 36% said they were Republican. Ideologically, 29% said they were liberal and 44% said they were conservative. Another 26% said they were neither liberal nor conservative.

Reporting on the survey, the AP said, “Americans have largely positive views of both the economy and how Trump is handling it.”


“[T]he president has consistently been lifted by Americans’ assessment of his handling of the economy, which boasts a low 3.5% unemployment rate and steady job growth,” said the AP.

“The state of the job market has become a pivotal division between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challengers,” stated the AP.  “Trump can campaign on the low unemployment rate and job growth as he seeks a second term. Democrats, seeking to oust him, will point to wages that have not taken off in a meaningful for many Americans coping with high costs for medical care and higher education.”

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