US President Donald Trump is getting his best ratings for his management of the economy, helping to raise his general approval rating to match his record 44 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The survey reveals that 56 percent of Americans approve Trump about his economic administration, 10 points more than the last reading on that question in September and 5 points above the president's previous record, set in July.
The result can encourage the president even when the nation is still divided by the issue of political judgment to the president, which takes place in the Senate. Although 39 percent approve of how Trump has responded to the impeachment attempt, Americans are divided over his impeachment: 49 percent oppose, and 47 percent favor, according to the survey.RELATED
The president also benefits from the growing support of men. "The survey also finds that a majority of 57 percent of men approve of Trump, an increase of 12 percentage points from October to the highest level of his presidency," writes the post survey director Scott Clement. “On the contrary, 33 percent of women approve of Trump's performance. The gender gap of 24 percentage points in Trump's approval rating is the largest in post-ABC surveys since taking office. "
The gap widens in economics. The overwhelming majority of men approved their economic performance, from 70 to 25 percent. On the contrary, only 44 percent of women gave Trump positive reviews for the economy, while 50 percent disapproved.
It is not clear what explains this improvement in Trump's management reviews of the economy. Economists estimate that fourth-quarter growth will be insufficient, with projections of 2 percent or worse, well below the growth of 3.5 percent or more that Trump promised. Annual growth should register around 2.2 percent and is expected to decline further next year.
On the positive side, unemployment remains at a minimum of five decades, a development that seems to translate into salary gains, especially for those at the bottom of the income scale. The earnings, of about 3 percent a year, are modest. But Goldman Sachs economists project that they will continue to gain strength, increasing to around 3.5 percent by the end of the year.