President Donald Trump is shattering norms with his positive scores on handling a growing economy despite record low job approval.
Trump’s overall approval rating hit a record low 32 per cent in a Pew poll released last week.
That was as low as any rating of his presidency, and was coupled with a 63 per cent disapproval in the survey.
But the president has performed markedly better on his handling of the economy.
He scored a 45 per cent rating on his handling of the economy in a recent Gallup poll, the Wall Street Journal noted.
The same poll had his overall rating at 36 per cent, with 59 per cent disapproval.
The latest Journal poll has the president at 38 per cent approval.
The president continues to talk up the nation’s economic performance every chance he gets, as he did this weekend after a strong Friday jobs report came in.
‘Things are going really well for our economy, a subject the Fake News spends as little time as possible discussing!’ Trump tweeted Sunday. ‘Stock Market hit another RECORD HIGH, unemployment is now at a 17 year low and companies are coming back into the USA. Really good news, and much more to come!’
Political professionals express amazing at the duality of Trump’s performance.
‘He’s a political contortionist in that he has high economic numbers and very low personal approval ratings. That’s almost impossible to do,’ said Peter Hart told the Journal.
The White House on Friday hailed the president’s ‘bold economic vision,’ but it won’t be known until the 2018 elections whether voters will reward him or instead vote for change by throwing out incumbents that make up the GOP majority in Congress.
‘President Trump’s bold economic vision continues to pay off,’ Sanders said. ‘As we continue to unleash the American economy from unnecessary regulation and taxes, we look forward to seeing more reports like this, showing a healthy and thriving jobs market for the American people.’
Part of Trump’s approval problem is the drumbeat of reports that follow the Russia probe.
The Pew survey said 59 per cent though improper contact between Trump officials and Russians ‘definitely or probably occurred’ during the campaign.