GOP looks out of touch touting economy ahead of midterms, says Dem pollster

10/23/18

Democratic pollster Nancy Zdunkewicz said in an interview that aired Tuesday on “What America’s Thinking” that Republicans look out of touch touting the economy ahead of November’s midterm elections. 

“If you’re in the real economy, people have not seen this benefit,” Zdunkewicz, managing editor of Democracy Corps, told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha. 

“They have not benefitted from this tax cut. They have not seen rising wages. This is every single day a struggle for them,” she continued. 

“Republicans meanwhile are talking about how this is the best economy in history, that these are great jobs, and they look so out of touch,” she said.  

While Republican candidates have largely stayed away from touting the economy on the campaign trail, Trump has repeatedly praised economic growth while stumping for candidates in competitive races. 

He recently started invoking a new campaign slogan, “Jobs not Mobs,” as a means of promoting lower unemployment, as well as a way to attack liberal protesters. 

Despite lower unemployment and economic growth, voters in various regions of the U.S. are still insecure about their own financial situations. 

A recent poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that local economies and the opioid crisis topped rural Americans’ list of concerns. 

— Julia Manchester

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