- Democrats are worried voters’ perception of a healthy economy under the President Donald Trump could mean Republican victories in November’s midterm elections, The Hill reported.
- A recent CNN poll said 52% of Americans think Trump is handling the economy well.
- Despite positive ratings on recent economic policy, sanctions by Trump could threaten American jobs and industry.
Democrats are worried recent positive developments of the economy could mean victory for Republicans in November’s midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election, according to a report from The Hill.
More than a dozen Democrats told The Hill hopes of winning back the House would be threatened if there’s no party-wide message on the economy to balance President Donald Trump’s glowing references to the upward-facing economy despite analysis that suggests recent tariffs will damage the economy and cost thousands of jobs.
“We need to offer a positive alternative,” Democratic pollster Celinda Lake told The Hill. “You can’t be something with nothing.”
A recent CNN poll said 57% of Americans think the country is being handled well, with 52% of those surveyed saying they approved of how Trump is handling the economy.
“It’s a very big concern,” Lake said. “The economy is the No. 1 issue out there for people and right now Trump has a very aggressive economic message that seems to cross traditional party lines to voters.”
Trump frequently touts his economic success as the falling US unemployment rate, which has continued a steady decline it began under former President Barack Obama since Trump took office, hitting 3.9 per cent in April, the lowest figure since December 2000.
“We need to point out that the economy is on the same trajectory it was on when Barack Obama left office,” said Republican California Representative Ellen Tauscher.
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