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WaPo/ABC Poll: Optimism at 17-Year High, But Little Thanks to Trump

WaPo/ABC Poll: Optimism at 17-Year High, But Little Thanks to Trump
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By    |   Sunday, 21 January 2018 09:47 AM

Chalk up another economic milestone for the Trump administration, despite woefully low job approval ratings: Economic optimism is at a 17-year high in The Washington Post-ABC News poll, but just 36 percent approve of the job President Donald Trump has done.

"The new survey finds that 58 percent of all Americans give positive ratings to the state of the economy; that is the highest in a Post-ABC survey in 17 years and seven points higher than on the eve of Trump’s inauguration," The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Scott Clement reported Sunday.

"At the same time, Trump's approval rating has remained at a historically low level, compared with past presidents. Today, 36 percent approve of the job Trump is doing, while 58 percent disapprove, little changed over the past few months."

This dichotomous sentiment might be more a function of a distaste for President Trump as a person and not administrative policy, topped with a continued affinity for former President Barack Obama.

"About 1 in 4 Americans rate the economy positively while disapproving of Trump’s job performance," Balz and Clement wrote. "Three-quarters of them are Democrats or Democratic-leaning Independents, and most of the group says Obama deserves credit for the current state of the economy, not Trump.

"Even more important is the fact that almost all of them say Trump has acted in a way that is not presidential, one indicator of how his personal behavior has clouded his presidency."

The disproportionately low job approval ratings in a time of historically high economic optimism was found to be confounding in more than just the Post-ABC poll. The Gallup Poll earlier this week estimated a president's job approval rating should be ranging more toward 47-54 percent during times of economic prosperity and high growth.

As much as it might be personal against Trump, those polled might just be following Democratic leadership, which has been successful in their opposition to the president but not quite as effective on enacting policy, according to the Post.

"For their part, Democrats are struggling to convey a message beyond being anti-Trump, with just over 3 in 10 saying they are presenting alternatives to Trump’s proposals," Balz and Clement wrote. "A 53 percent majority say the Democratic Party is mainly criticizing the president without offering alternatives."

The Washington Post-ABC poll surveyed 1,005 adults via phone Jan. 15-18, 2018 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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Chalk up another economic milestone for the Trump administration, despite woefully low job approval ratings: Economic optimism is at a 17-year high in The Washington Post-ABC News poll, but just 36 percent approve of the job President Donald Trump has done."The new survey...
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