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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 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