The Republican Party would do a better job at dealing with taxes and the economy, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday.
Thirty-five percent of respondents said they prefer the GOP to handle the economy, compared with 28 percent who said they prefer Democrats, and 31 percent said they preferred Republicans over Democrats (29 percent) on the issue of taxes.
In December, Democrats held a five-point advantage on the economy question and a four-point advantage on the tax question – but that was days before lawmakers passed a sweeping tax overhaul.
The survey also found:
- Just 27 percent of Americans call the tax overhaul a good idea, while 36 percent say they disagree.
- Americans prefer Democrats to handle immigration, reducing gun violence, dealing with healthcare, and dealing with sexual harassment, and Republicans handle protecting America's interest on trade issues, and reducing the federal deficit.
- 56 percent say the White House is either "not too competent" (17 percent) or "not competent at all" (39 percent).
- Just 39 percent approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing compared with 57 percent who do not.
The survey was conducted April 8-11 among 900 adults and has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.
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