National economic growth not helping people at the local level, says Dem pollster

Democratic pollster Mark Mellman said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that the national economy is not helping people at the local level. 

"There's a difference between this abstraction we call the economy, this national economy, and the lives people live," Mellman told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"So if you ask people how they're living, there's a lot of people who think the cost of living is going up faster than their income, that they're either barely keeping even or falling behind. So there are a lot of people who are not feeling so good at a personal level," he continued.

The poll comes after the unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent, a 49-year low, while the economy added 134,000 jobs in September. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE and Republicans have taken credit for the strong economy, saying their policies have driven economic growth.

However, research shows that the economy does not look as strong when you get to the local and state levels. 

A Public Religion Research Institute survey released in August found that 47 percent of California workers said they struggle with poverty, compared with 53 percent who said they don't.

Mellman said that voters will likely look at other economic indicators when evaluating the economy. 

"If you look at what economic indicators correlate most closely with the vote, it's real disposable income, which is to say how much money do I really have in my pocket to spend after accounting for inflation, and those numbers have not changed so dramatically, so they're not quite as popular," he said.

— Julia Manchester