The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll finds that 51 percent of Americans approve of President Trump’s handling of the economy.
The number is up one percent from when it was last asked in July of 2018 and up 9 points since before the Trump tax cuts were passed in 2017.
The growing popularity of Trump’s economic policies defied predictions that the public would turn against the president due to stock market turmoil that lasted from October through Christmas Eve 2018. Both the stock market and economic data released in January have shown continued economic strength, although not quite at the heights reached in the third quarter of 2018, when the economy grew at a 3.5 percent rate.
While the President has enjoyed gains in the percentage of Americans who approve of his economic policies, the percentage of those who disapprove of his economic policies also rose from 34 percent in July to 45 percent in January.
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