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Republicans sharply more confident in U.S. economy vs world

As President Trump visits Davos, Americans are more confident in the United States' ability to compete with other countries — but not necessarily because of Trump's economic leadership, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll. The change is mainly because Republicans are more confident than they were in 2011.

Data: SurveyMonkey poll conducted Jan. 11 to 18, 2018. Poll methodology. Washington Post poll conducted Jan. 13 to 17, 2011.; Chart: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Yes, but: They didn’t think much of Trump’s economic leadership; 58% said they had little to no confidence in it. That's only slightly worse than Barack Obama. In a 2011 Washington Post poll, 55% of Americans had little to no confidence in his economic leadership.

The bottom line: Neither Trump nor Obama had a great deal of support from the public in their economic policies, but Republicans are clearly feeling better about U.S. economic strength now that the White House and Congress are in GOP hands.

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