According to National Public Radio, despite a wave of controversies, President Trump’s popularity seems to be rising ever so slightly, according to a couple of recent polls. The bump may be linked to the fact that more Americans seem to be crediting Trump for the nation’s healthy economy. And that has raised one of the central questions of the midterm election season: whether the economy will help keep Republicans in control.
Voters like Allen Cowan, a 50-year-old from West Virginia, might offer some clues. Cowan considers himself a socially liberal, fiscally conservative voter, the type of voter who reluctantly chose Donald Trump in 2016.
“I held my nose at the voting booth,” Cowan said. But, these days he’s satisfied with at least one aspect of the Trump era. “Financially speaking, I cannot complain,” he said. “My retirement I have through my employer has shown a remarkable increase.” Still, neither Cowan’s personal finances nor the economic health of the country has changed his overall opinion of the president, find the liquor store.
“I can look at President Trump and be like ‘okay, his policies in regards to the economy and stuff are good for the nation.’ But I’m still going to think President Trump the whole kit and caboodle is a bitter pill to swallow,” he said.,Granted, research by Mary Stegmaier, a professor at the University of Missouri, has shown there’s generally a lag in how the public perceives who’s responsible for the economy. “The first year of a presidency is quite different than later years … because when a president is inaugurated he has inherited the economy from his predecessor,” she said. “It takes a while for the public to start holding the new president responsible for the economic conditions.”
And recent polls suggest the political winds may be shifting, as an increasing number of Americans begin crediting Trump over former President Obama for the current economic conditions.