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Poll: Trump approval on economy, jobs holds amid economic downturn

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE's job approval rating on the economy and jobs is holding steady, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Fifty-three percent of registered voters in the July 24-26 survey approve of the president's job on the economy, a 1 percentage point dip from the previous survey conducted July 7-10.

Similarly, 54 percent of voters in the poll said they approved of how Trump is working to create jobs.

The survey found the president's numbers on the economy and jobs have steadily declined over time since the beginning of the lockdowns to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a March 8-9 survey, roughly 59 percent of voters approved of his handling of economy and jobs.

The poll is being released as the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic's toll on the economy grows more clear.

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the economy shrunk at an annual rate of 32.9 percent in the second quarter, a record amount.  

New unemployment numbers from the Labor Department found also found initial unemployment claims rising for the second week in a row.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,842 registered voters between July 24 and 26. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.84 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte