Jan 28, 2020

Poll: Confidence in the economy boosts Trump's re-election prospects

President Trump arrives for a rally in Toledo, Ohio, on Jan. 9, 2020. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Confidence in the U.S. economy is boosting President Trump's re-election chances despite the Senate impeachment trial and his continued unpopularity, an ABC/Washington Post poll published Monday finds.

Details: 56% of those surveyed approve of his handling of the economy, "up 10 points since early September to a career high," the poll notes. 49% of those polled expect Trump to win the election in November, while 43% back his Democratic challenger.

Yes, but: Former vice president Joe Biden is the most favored by registered voters surveyed, with 50% support. Trump won the support of 46%.

  • "Trump ... has the lowest career average approval of any president in 75 years of modern polling, and is the first never to achieve majority approval," the poll notes.

The big picture: A year before he took office, 63% of Americans said they were "worried about maintaining their standard of living," a statement by the pollsters notes. Now, 43% are of this opinion — "a broad 20-point drop in personal economic uncertainty," it added.

  • Langer Research Associates 1,004 adults by phone for the poll, which has a margin of error of 3.5 points.

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Trump notches his highest Gallup approval rating since taking office

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President Trump's approval rating hit 49% in Gallup's tracking poll, his highest rating in that poll since taking office.

Why it matters: The president's approval reached its peak despite the fact that the poll was conducted from Jan. 16 to 29 — amid his ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate.

Poll: Majority believe Trump abused power and obstructed Congress

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A majority of Americans believe President Trump abused his power by asking Ukraine to investigate his political opponents and obstructed Congress by withholding documents and executive testimony during the impeachment inquiry, according to an NBC/WSJ poll of 1,000 registered voters.

Why it matters: Most Americans believe that the articles of impeachment against Trump are accurate, but they remain divided on whether they justify his removal from office. 46% of voters polled said he should be removed, while 49% said he should remain — a similar margin to the results of a December NBC/WSJ poll conducted before the trial.

Poll: 75% of Americans say witnesses should testify at impeachment trial

President Trump addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos, Jan. 21. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

75% of registered voters say witnesses should be allowed to testify in President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, a Quinnipiac University poll published Tuesday finds.

Between the lines: 49% of Republicans surveyed say they support having witnesses, a sign that they may be hoping to hear from Hunter Biden on his work in Ukraine more than former national security adviser John Bolton.

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