This article originally appeared on Fox Business on January 28, 2019.
For those of you looking — praying — for a break from the Democrats impeachment farce, there’s new and very positive polling from Fox News and Gallup on the economy. The results were very encouraging for Americans in general — and for Republicans in particular. For the Democrats, arguing against this vibrant economy is becoming more difficult every month.
According to a new Fox News poll released on Sunday, 55 percent of Americans rate the economy as “excellent” or “good,” the highest percentage since January 2001. A record-high 20 percent say the economy is “excellent” up from 3 percent in December 2016 — the Obama administration’s final month.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Americans credit Trump for the improved economy. Asked who or what they think is most responsible for the current economy, 42 percent credited Trump and Republicans while only 9 percent credited Obama and Democrats and 7 percent credited big business.
Gallup’s economic confidence numbers for January similarly showed that Americans’ confidence in the U.S. economy is higher than at any point since October 2000, with 62 percent of Americans rating the economy as “excellent” or “good” and 59 percent saying its “getting better.” As a further indication of Americans’ economic confidence, the percentage of Americans naming economic issues as the country’s greatest problem dropped to 10 percent. By a full percentage point, that’s the lowest percentage since Gallup began compiling mentions of economic issues in 2001.
Gallup summed the situation up nicely: “Rarely in the years that Gallup has tracked public ratings of the economy, since the early 1990s, have Americans had higher confidence in the economy than they do now.” Obviously, with an election coming, this is bad news for Democrats. Even Gallup acknowledges that this “greater confidence could serve as a boost to the reelection prospects of President Donald Trump.”
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