Trump Gleeful on Poll’s Record-High Numbers for Economic Optimism

President plugged Quinnipiac University survey indicating that 66 percent of American voters see economy as 'excellent' or 'good'

by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 11 Jan 2018 at 2:06 PM

President Donald Trump on Thursday touted a Quinnipiac University poll showing record-high levels of optimism among Americans concerning the economy.

A combined total of 66 percent of American voters described “the state of the nation’s economy these days” as “excellent” or “good,” up from the previous high of 63 percent of voters who said the economy was “excellent” or “good” on December 19.

The poll released found that 40 percent of voters said Trump was “more responsible for the current state of the economy,” while 49 percent believed that former President Barack Obama shared more responsibility.

"In new Quinnipiac Poll, 66% of people feel the economy is 'Excellent or Good.' That is the highest number ever recorded by this poll," Trump tweeted.

Just 33 percent of respondents said they viewed the economy as "not so good" or "poor." Quinnipiac noted that it has asked American voters the economy question since 2001.

Approximately 37 percent of voters said they believed Trump's economic policies are "helping" the U.S. economy, while 29 percent believed Trump's policies were "hurting" it. Roughly 30 percent said his policies "aren't making much of a difference."

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"President Trump can hang his hat on the economy, but must share the hat rack with President Barack Obama, as two-thirds of the country see the economic picture as excellent or good," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a press release Wednesday.

In addition, 73 percent of voters told Quinnipiac that they regarded their own financial situations as "excellent" or "good," while 26 percent said their situations were "not so good" or "poor."

Quinnipiac conducted its poll surveying 1,106 American voters from January 5 to 9.

PoliZette writer Kathryn Blackhurst can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter.

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