Poll: 53% Approve of Trump's Handling of Economy

Michael W. Chapman | November 20, 2018 | 4:23pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) -- A new survey shows that 53% of Americans approve of President Donald Trump's handling of the economy, which is higher than the economic approval average of 45% that extended from Ronald Reagan through Barack Obama.

However, only 40% of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling foreign affairs and immigration.

In the Nov. 1-11 survey, Gallup asked, "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling ---?" the economy, foreign affairs, immigration, and healthcare policy.

On the economy, 53% approved, 44% disapproved.  Foreign affairs: 40% approved, 56% disapproved. Immigration: 40% approved, 57% disapproved. And healthcare policy: 36% approved and 58% disapproved.


For comparison, two years into Barack Obama's first term, in the fall of 2010, only 39% approved of his handling of the economy and 59% disapproved.

In August 2016, towards the end of Obama's second term, 48% of Americans approved of his handling of the economy and 48% approved of his handling of foreign affairs; those numbers were up significantly from August 2015, from 41% approval on economy and only 39% approval on foreign affairs. 

Trump's 53% economic approval rating is up from 50% in August, reported Gallup. 

"Trump's last two ratings on handling the economy -- 53% now and 50% in August -- are well above the average of 45% on this economic approval measure across presidents extending from Ronald Reagan through Barack Obama," said Gallup.  "By contrast, Trump's foreign affairs rating is well below the historical average of 50%."

Trump's 40% immigration approval rating "is right at the average for the six times Gallup has measured Trump's handling of the issue," said the polling firm. 

"Americans' relatively high approval ratings for Trump's handling of the economy reflect the public's overall positive sentiments on a number of economic indicators, including some readings that are as high as or higher than they have been in at least 18 years," said Gallup

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