A new survey shows that Donald Trump’s job approval rating has fallen several points, while most Americans’ fear a looming recession. Many Americans have lost confidence in Trump’s handling of the economy.
The new poll, which was released on Tuesday, was conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News and showed that thirty-eight percent of respondents approve of Trump’s performance in office, a drop of 6 points from a peak of 44 percent approval back in July. The majority, 56 percent, disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job as president. Six percent of those polled had no opinion on Trump.
Americans’ opinions on Trump’s handling of the economy have clearly diminished the survey shows.
Politico reported that “less than half of respondents, 46 percent, now approve of the way the president is handling the economy, a decrease from 51 percent approval in midsummer. Fewer of those polled, 35 percent, approve of the way the president is handling trade negotiations with China, and 60 percent are concerned that the trade conflict between the two countries will raise the price of goods for their families.”
Trump has made move after move to intensify the tariff dispute with China over the last several weeks. The mounting trade war, along with Trump’s repeated attacks on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell have been strong indicators that the nation is headed for a potential economic downturn or recession.
According to the survey more than half of Americans, 60 percent, believe a recession is likely to occur in 2020. The survey shows that 43 percent believe that Trump’s trade and economic policies have increased the chance of such a crisis.
Only 16 percent of respondents believe Trump’s policies have decreased the odds of a recession, while 34 percent say they have made no difference and 7 percent have no opinion.
The poll also shows that “the majority of respondents still hold a positive view of the state of the economy, 56-43 percent, with 40 percent believing it is in “good” condition and 16 percent describing it as “excellent.” But those numbers represent a decrease from a 65 percent positive assessment last fall.”
The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted Sept. 2-5. It surveyed a random national sample of 1,003 adults in English and Spanish via telephone. The margin of sampling error is plus-or-minus 3.5 percentage points.