Half of Americans would blame Trump for a recession if the economy tanks under his watch

September 11, 2019

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President Donald Trump has made the strength of the US economy a cornerstone of his 2020 reelection campaign. But he has reason to be alarmed if the economy tanks under his watch.
Around 51% of all respondents would hold Trump directly or indirectly responsible if the nation’s economy spirals into a recession, according to a new Insider poll.
The results reflect the conventional wisdom that voters typically blame the elected officials in power for any economic slowdown.
Almost half of all respondents, or 47%, said they believed a recession is imminent in the near future.
The trends indicate pessimism among voters about the nation’s economic future is growing.
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President Donald Trump has made the strength of the American economy a cornerstone of his 2020 reelection campaign. But he has reason to be alarmed if the economy tanks under his watch.

Around 51% of all respondents would hold Trump responsible if the nation’s economy spirals into a recession, according to a new Insider poll — a figure that includes people who blamed Trump’s policies. The results reflect the conventional wisdom that voters typically blame the elected officials in power for any economic slowdown.

There was a partisan divide, however, when it came to assigning responsibility. The figure was far higher among self-identified Democrats, 74% of whom said they’d point the finger at Trump, compared to only 20% of self-identified Republicans.

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And more voters believe an economic downturn is on the horizon: Almost half of all respondents, or 47%, said they believed a recession is imminent in the near future.

Insider asked 1,092 respondents about their beliefs on whether a recession was imminent and which individuals or institutions they would hold responsible for a slowing economy with a …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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