Confidence in Economy at Post-Election Low

Americans’ confidence in the economy has slipped over the past two months but remains higher than it was before the 2016 presidential election. Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index averaged +2 for the week ending May 14 — its lowest score recorded this year. CONT. Andrew Dugan, Gallup Read more »

Why did Trump win? New research by Democrats offers a worrisome answer.

As the Democratic Party rebuilds itself for the 2018 and 2020 elections, Democratic strategists have been preoccupied with a pressing question: Why did so many voters who backed Barack Obama in 2012 switch to Donald Trump four years later, and what can be done to win them back? Top Democratic […] Read more »

The Ways That the 2016 Election Was Perfectly Normal

It’s no secret that the state of the nation’s economy and party identification matter in most American presidential elections. Candidates know it, consultants know it, political scientists know it, and voters seem aware of the relationship, too. … In actuality, the state of the nation’s economy — growing slowly — […] Read more »

Consumer sentiment remains on high plateau in April

Consumer sentiment in April continued to travel on the high plateau established following Donald Trump’s election, with only minor deviations from its five-month average of 97.4, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. There is widespread agreement among consumers on their very positive assessments of the current […] Read more »

Voters who supported Trump in last year’s election have few regrets

Voters who supported President Donald Trump in last year’s election have few regrets as Trump enters his 100th day in office this weekend, although his support is not uniformly firm. A new University of Virginia Center for Politics poll of Trump voters shows his approval rating at 93% with these […] Read more »

Fox News Poll: President Trump’s first 100 days getting mixed reviews

A Fox News Poll taken as the Trump administration nears its 100-day milestone gives mixed messages to the president. President Trump’s job ratings are underwater by three percentage points. Currently 45 percent approve of the job he’s doing. That’s down slightly from the 48 percent approval he received when he […] Read more »