An economic downturn could ruin the one thing voters really like about Trump

Glowing views on President ‘s handling of the U.S. economy have failed to boost his overall approval rating.

The trends outlined in two new major polls signal possible trouble for the president‘s 2020 re-election bid if the economy loses steam.

More than half of voters — 53 percent — approve of how Trump is handling the economy, versus 42 percent who disapprove, released Tuesday. The economic approval rating is the highest the university has measured since Trump took office.

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Still, only 41 percent of voters said they approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 54 percent said they disapprove. He gets better readings on the economy than any other issue area polled by Quinnipiac, including foreign policy, immigration, gun policy and race relations.

A found a similar divergence. It showed only 39 percent of Americans approve of Trump‘s overall job performance, even as 52 percent back his handling of the economy. About three-quarters of respondents, 74 percent, rated the economy as “very good” or “fairly good.”

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