Pollster says economic downturn would be detrimental to Trump's reelection

Pollster Dan Cox said in an interview that aired Friday on "What America's Thinking" that an economic downturn could be detrimental to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE's 2020 reelection bid. 

"He's had this great economic tailwind during his entire presidency so far," Cox, a polling and public opinion research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Thursday. 

"In fact, his command of the economy is one of the only things he gets positive marks on," he continued. 

"Now we are due for some bad economic news, and if and when that comes before the election, that could really be problematic for him because I think that's when sort of the bottom falls out," he said. 

Trump has taken numerous victory laps for economic expansion during his administration.

A Gallup survey released earlier this month found that 52 percent of respondents said they approved of Trump's handling of the economy. 

Sixty-nine percent of respondents said now is a good time for Americans to find a high-quality job, the highest percentage that question has seen since Gallup began asking it in 2001.

— Julia Manchester