Poll: Voters split on whether Trump, Republicans deserve credit for economic growth

Voters are split on whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE and Republicans deserve credit for recent economic growth, according to a new American Barometer poll. 

Forty-nine percent said they believed the Trump administration and Republicans deserve credit for recent economic growth, while 51 percent said the economy would have grown regardless of actions taken by the White House and Republican lawmakers. 

"I think while voters are a little bit split, and it's due to the natural polarization, we're seeing pretty good numbers both in terms of Republicans getting support for this, or getting credit, and optimism, which is most important overall," Republican pollster Ashlee Rich Stephenson told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

The poll comes after the Commerce Department announced on Friday that the U.S. economy grew at a 4.1 percent rate, which is the highest level of growth measured in nearly four years. 

Trump boasted about the numbers at the White House on Friday, saying the economy is growing at an "amazing rate." 

"We're on track to hit the highest annual average growth rate in over 13 years," the president said. "We're going to go a lot higher than these numbers and these are great numbers." 

Trump has frequently cited the Republican tax plan, passed last year, along with his deregulation policies as reasons for economic growth. 

However, the president's critics have said Trump cannot take credit for all economic growth, saying former President Obama initiated the policies for reducing unemployment and increasing the gross domestic product. 

The survey was conducted online from July 29-30 among 1,058 registered voters by HarrisX. Its margin of error is  3 percentage points.

The results reflect a nationally representative sample of registered voters. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, marital status, household size, income, employment, political party, political ideology and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population.

— Julia Manchester