Money still talks to voters. A new Gallup analysis released Monday reveals that the economy emerges as the No. 1 issue for voters as Election Day approaches, now just four weeks off.
“As the nation remains in a pandemic-induced recession, U.S. registered voters say the economy is the most important issue of 16 that may potentially affect their choice for president. Nearly nine in 10 registered voters consider the presidential candidates’ positions on the economy ‘extremely’ (44%) or ‘very’ (45%) important to their vote,” writes Gallup analyst Megan Brenan.
Among Republicans, 93% cited economy as their main interest, along with 85% of Democrats.
As it has been in past months, this is helpful factor for President Trump. Multiple pollsters have consistently confirmed over time that voters gave Mr. Trump higher ratings than Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden in economic matters. In some cases, Mr. Trump led his rival by 10 percentage points or more.
Gallup itself found that Mr. Trump currently enjoys a 46% job approval rating, his highest since May. In addition, 54% of U.S. adults currently approve of Mr. Trump’s handling of the economy, up from 48% in August. The pollster did not offer a comparison to Mr. Biden.
A recent NPR/Marist poll conducted in mid-September, however, found that 50% of the respondents said Mr. Trump would handle the economy better, while 43% cited Mr. Biden.
But back to Gallup. Here’s what other issues could sway the voting public.
“At least three-quarters of voters consider six other issues to be important to their vote choice — terrorism and national security (83%), education (82%), health care (80%), crime (79%), the response to the coronavirus (77%), and race relations (76%),” the analysis said.
See the numbers in the Poll du Jour at column’s end.
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