Trust highest in governors to make best economic decisions: poll

Trust highest in governors to make best economic decisions: poll
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More than two-thirds of Americans have confidence in their state's governor when it comes to handling economic matters, higher than any other elected official in the country, a recent Gallup poll finds.

According to the pollster's annual survey on economy and finance, 68 percent of those polled said that they either had "a great deal" or a "fair amount" of confidence in their state's top official to make the right economic decisions.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinWhite House officials, Democrats spar over legality, substance of executive orders Sunday shows - Trump coronavirus executive orders reverberate Pelosi: 'Of course there's room for compromise' on 0-per-week unemployment benefit MORE ranked next at 58 percent and 51 percent, respectively, while President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE came in at 47 percent.


The poll shows a rise in economic confidence for the country's governors — up from 51 percent in 2014, according to Gallup — at a critical time in the country, as governors and the president have butted heads on when and how to reopen the country's economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Since saying that he had more say than governors over reopening the economy, the president has relaxed his stance, saying that the final say on when a state reopens rests with a state's governor.

Last week, Trump released a three-phase plan that outlined guidelines to reopening the economy and created a task force to develop the best strategy.

Multiple governors have created similar task forces of their own. Georgia and South Carolina both partially reopened their economies this week, though many leaders and health experts around the country have criticized the moves.

The Gallup survey was conducted April 1-14 and polled 1,017 adults living in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.