Trump seizes on poll to attack Obama

Trump seizes on poll to attack Obama
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE on Tuesday touted an Emerson College poll released a day earlier, saying it showed that "most Americans, especially Hispanics" said they were better off financially now than they were two years ago under former President Obama.

 

Trump's tweet is a a bit misleading.

The Emerson survey did find that 62 percent of Hispanics said they are better off financially now than they were two years ago.

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The poll also found that a plurality, 42 percent, of all voters said they were better off financially now than two years ago. Most of those polled, however, did not say they were better off. Thirty percent said they were doing about the same, while 26 percent said they were doing worse financially.

Only 25 percent of Hispanics said they were worse off financially today than two years ago.

Among blacks, just 30 percent of respondents said they were doing better than two years ago, compared to 40 percent who said they were doing worse.

Spencer Kimball, the adviser for the Emerson College Polling Society, said this month's poll marked the first time the college asked voters how their financial situation compares to two years ago.

"We wanted to see if that issue was better or worse than, basically, when [Trump] got elected," Kimball said.

Trump has touted the economy repeatedly as unemployment has fallen to 3.8 percent. 

At rallies and White House events, Trump has highlighted the low unemployment rate figures for Hispanics, African-Americans and women. He often takes credit for positive economic indicators, such as monthly job gains, and he has touted the GOP's tax cuts from 2017 as a boon to the economy.

Despite the strong economic numbers, however, the Emerson poll included some potentially bad news for Republicans when it comes to the midterm elections. 

On the generic ballot, 49 percent said they would back a Democratic candidate for Congress, compared to 42 percent who said they would back a Republican candidate. The split in the Emerson poll in January had Democrats up 45 percent to 40 percent. 

Among Democrats, 33 percent said their financial situation has improved in the last two years, while 32 percent indicated they feel they are worse off, according to the poll. On the Republican side, 57 percent said they are better off, while 16 percent feel they are worse off and 25 percent said they're about the same as two years ago.

The poll was conducted July 6-7 among a sample of 900 voters — evenly split between landline respondents and online participants. It has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.