Almost three-quarters of Americans aren't worried about election security after the problems with the Iowa caucuses results created confusion over the winner of the nation's first contest of the 2020 White House race, according to a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll.
Political affiliation did not factor significantly into the results of the poll, which showed that 72% said they are confident their state and local elections in November will be fair and accurate. The poll was conducted from Feb. 13-16 among 1,164 registered voters, with a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points, and 1,416 U.S. adults, with a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.
The poll also revealed that two-thirds of those polled say they think the economy works well for them, but they were more evenly split on whether President Donald Trump is responsible:
- 51% said they approve of how Trump is handling the economy.
- 40% disapprove.
- 9% were unsure.
- 17% of Democrats approve; 76% disapprove.
- 94% of Republicans approve; 5% disapprove.
- 56% of independents approve; 38% disapprove.
Trump's job approval showed negative numbers in the poll:
- 42% said they support his performance.
- 51% said they disapprove.
- 50% said they think the country is going in the wrong direction.
- 41% approve of the path the U.S. is taking.
Trump's lower job approval ratings show a separation on "how people are feeling about their own economic well-being, how the country is moving, and just the fact that they think he's doing a good job on the economy," said Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll. "We see a very polarized and partisan context."
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