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Republicans saying they should run on economy aren't talking to real voters, says pollster

Pollster Patrick MurphyPatrick Erin MurphySupreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Indian reservation Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers seek 5G rivals to Huawei | Amazon, eBay grilled over online counterfeits | Judge tosses Gabbard lawsuit against Google | GOP senator introduces bill banning TikTok on government devices Bipartisan commission to make 75 recommendations to defend against cyberattacks MORE in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" said that Republicans who are encouraging candidates to run on the economy are not talking to real voters. 

"There are those in the bubble who keep saying we should run on the economy ... but they're not talking to real voters," Monmouth University Poll director Patrick Murphy told Hill.TV's Joe Concha. 

Murphy said he spoke to Trump supporters in Appalachia earlier this year, who expressed their own economic anxieties.  

"They're considering voting for a Democrat for Congress because they say 'I'm worried I'm going to lose my health care next year because I can't afford it, or some big bill is going to come in,' " he said. 

"It's these voters in these core groups that you think would vote Republican, working class, right from the last election, who are saying 'I still support Trump, but I think I might vote for the Democrat this time around because I'm a little worried,' " he continued. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE has frequently touted economic growth under his administration, tying it to his economic policies. 

The Labor Department reported earlier this month that the U.S. economy added 201,000 jobs for August and that the unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent. Wage growth also reached 2.9 percent, marking the fastest growth since the end of the recession in June 2009. 

However, some polling indicates that not all Americans feel that they are benefitting from the growth. 

A recent survey conducted by Democracy Corps for Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, which was featured on Hill.TV, found that 70 percent of African-Americans, 50 percent of Hispanics, and 56 percent of white working-class women said they did not feel that economic growth was helping them. 

Sixty-two percent of millennials and 66 percent of unmarried women also said they agreed that the economy was not strong for them. 

— Julia Manchester