Poll: Voters still say Obama more responsible for economy than Trump
A new poll finds that more U.S. voters still say former President Barack Obama is responsible for the current state of the U.S. economy than President Trump.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday finds that 49 percent of Americans say Obama is more responsible for the current U.S. economy compared to 40 percent who say Trump is responsible.
The number of voters crediting Obama for the state of the economy has grown in the past two months. In Quinnipiac’s Nov. 22 poll, 43 percent of Americans credited Obama, and in a December poll 45 percent of voters credited the former president.
The percentage of those crediting Trump over Obama rose steadily through most of the year, topping 43 percent in December before ticking back down to 40 percent this month.
The January poll also finds that 66 percent of U.S. voters say the economy is “excellent” or “good,” the most positive rating for the economy in the poll since 2001.
Trump has repeatedly touted gains in the stock market and has taken credit for the gains, citing confidence in his administration and in the GOP tax bill.
Last week Trump boasted to reporters that the stock market was up “very, very big today” and said that the “tax cuts are really kicking in far beyond what anyone thought.”
“The market is good, the jobs report was good and we think they’re going to get really good over the next couple of months,” Trump said.
The Quinnipiac poll of 1,106 voters nationwide was conducted Jan. 5–9 via landlines and cellphones and has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.
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