President Donald Trump has received more credit for economic improvements in past three years than former President Barack Obama, the American people said in a new poll taken from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29, which also finds that they are now better off than three years ago.
More than 6 in 10 Americans, 62%, gave President Trump a great deal or fair amount of credit for improvement in the state of the U.S. economy in the past few years, more than the 51% giving President Obama the same level of credit, Gallup poll released this week shows.
In the latest poll, 29% of Americans chose the economy as the single most important issue to their presidential vote, 25% selected health care, 14% immigration, 13% gun policy, 11% education, and 6% terrorism. In December, the economy was also among the top six issues that U.S. adults rated as “extremely important” to their vote.
And if President Trump asked Americans whether they are better off than before he came into office, most would say they are.
The poll showed 61% of the likely voters assessed they are in better shape than they were shortly after the incumbent president took office in 2017. Meanwhile, 36% said they are definitely not better off than they were in early 2017, while 3% said their prospects remain the same.
Relatedly, 52% of U.S. adults said it is easier for them to “go and buy things in the stores” than it was three years ago.
In early 2012, months before President Obama was re-elected, 45% of Americans in the same poll said they were better off than they were three years earlier.
Regarding assessments of U.S. international standing, the poll indicates that the majority of Americans (51%) said the nation is as safe and strong as it was three years ago, while 43% disagreed.
President Trump made clear during his State of the Union that he plans to make the strength of the economy a major focus of his re-election campaign. Given Americans’ generally positive ratings of the U.S. economy, including a 63% job approval rating for the president on the issue, it is a sensible strategy, according to Gallup.