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Trump's approval on economy up 7 points since impeachment inquiry launch: poll

Trump's approval on economy up 7 points since impeachment inquiry launch: poll
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Approval of President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE’s handling of the economy has risen 7 points since the start of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry, according to a poll released Wednesday, as the president seeks to make economic gains a cornerstone of his reelection bid.

Forty-nine percent of Americans surveyed said they approve of the president’s handling of the economy in the new CNBC poll, up from 42 percent in September. Another 40 percent say they disapprove, a drop from 50 percent a few months ago.

The latest results mark a reversal from a sharp drop in September, which coincided with the House’s decision to launch an impeachment investigation into Trump over his dealings with Ukraine. Wednesday’s poll numbers more closely align with the average approval ratings for the president’s handling of the economy. 

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Trump has touted strong job numbers as he seeks to gin up support for his reelection campaign, suggesting voters would not want to change presidents in a time of economic growth. 

“How do you get Impeached when you have done NOTHING wrong (a perfect call), have created the best economy in the history of our Country, rebuilt our Military, fixed the V.A. (Choice!), cut Taxes & Regs, protected your 2nd A, created Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, and soooo much more? Crazy!” he tweeted last week.

The president’s overall approval rating remains underwater, with 49 percent of Americans polled disapproving of the job he’s doing, and 40 percent approving. However, that margin still marks an improvement from September, when voters disapproved by a 16-point margin.

The CNBC poll surveyed 800 adults from Dec. 10-13 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

Its results come on the same day that the House is expected to impeach Trump in a historic vote over his dealings with Ukraine.