President Donald Trump’s approval rating hit the highest level in two years this week, boosted by a strengthening economy and surging consumer optimism.
What are the details?
According to the latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, 48 percent of voters approve of Trump’s job performance while a slight majority — just 52 percent — do not approve of his job performance, according to The Hill.
The last time Trump’s approval reached 48 percent in the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll was in June 2017.
The survey showed Americans most approve of Trump’s performance on economic matters. The Hill reported that a record 62 percent of voters told Harvard/Harris they approve of Trump’s handling of unemployment, while 59 percent said they approve of his overall handling of the economy.
Meanwhile, 71 percent of voters said they believe Trump has made the economy “somewhat strong or very strong,” and 51 percent said the economy continues to head in the right direction.
Unfortunately, just 39 percent of respondents told Harvard/Harris they believe the country is headed in the overall correct direction.
What’s the bad news for Dems?
Given that voters traditionally tend to ignore social issues and emphasize economic concerns at the voting booth, this poll presents a major problem for Democrats in 2020 who are already focusing a serious chunk of their campaign efforts on social issues.
If this poll is any indication of voter sentiment heading in 2020, with a strong economy behind the president, Democrats will have their work cut out for them if they want to win back the White House.
Mark Penn, co-director of the Harvard/Harris survey, told The Hill the increase in Trump’s approval reflects the president’s strong possibility of re-election.
“People’s views on the economy are gradually pushing Trump’s numbers up and his actions on other issues like China and immigration are neutral to positive,” Penn said. “Every point of increase in this range of 45 to 50 improves the possibility of re-election.”