Poll: Trump approval up, voter ratings on economy best in decade

Poll: Trump approval up, voter ratings on economy best in decades

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FOX News Poll July 24, 2019 FOX News Poll July 24, 2019

From FOX News:

More voters rate the economy positively today than have since 2001, according to the latest FOX News Poll. 

51 percent of registered voters rate the economy as excellent or good. The last time it was this high was 59 percent in January 2001.

 In addition, approval of the job President Trump is doing on the economy stands at 52 percent (41 percent disapprove).  That’s just one-point off his high of 53 percent last summer, and up from 48-46 percent in May. 

Read the full poll results here.

However, it’s unclear whether Trump can count on these ratings come election time. While 33 percent say economic conditions will get better if he is re-elected (39 percent worse), the same number, 33 percent, think it will get better if a Democrat wins the White House (36 percent worse).

In general, voters think Republicans would do a better job handling national security (+10 points) and the economy (+7).  They give Democrats the advantage on race relations (+23 points), bringing the country together (+15), health care (+14), and immigration (+5).  It’s mostly a draw on some issues that historically fall in the GOP column, such as on foreign policy (D+4), border security (R+3), the federal budget deficit (R+3), and taxes (even).

Despite the rosy economic views, Trump’s overall job approval remains below 50 percent:  46 percent approve, while 51 percent disapprove.  Last month, it was 45-53 percent (June 2019).  His best ratings, 48-47 percent, came soon after he took office (February 2017).

Here’s why his overall rating remains underwater:  He receives net negative marks on border security (44 approve - 52 disapprove), immigration (41-54), international trade (40-49), Iran (39-46), North Korea (39-49), and health care (38-51).

The president’s lowest marks are on race relations (32-57 percent), where more voters disapprove than approve by 25 points.  He was underwater by 22 points in October 2018 (35-57 percent).

Over half, 57 percent, don’t believe Trump respects racial minorities, including 73 percent of non-whites.

Some 34 percent think the president does respect minorities, down from 41 percent in 2017.  That decline is mostly due to a 14-point drop among Republicans (68 percent now vs. 82 percent in 2017).

Read more results from this comprehensive poll on the FOX News website.

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