LUNCHTIME POLITICS: Issue Chatter – The Economy – Obamacare

Your Daily Polling Update for Monday, May 20, 2019

Up 1 from Friday

RON’S COMMENT: Today’s average is based on four polls, ranging from 40% (Reuters) to 46% (Fox News). Without these two extremes, it would still be 44%…. President Trump’s disapproval rating averages 54% today (+1 from Friday), which is 10 points higher than his approval rating.

Among voters nationwide

RATING: On a scale of excellent, good, only fair and poor, how would you rate economic conditions today?
Excellent/Good: 47%
Only fair/poor: 51%                         
RON’S COMMENT: 39% of voters with incomes below $50k say the economy is excellent or good, while 56% of those with incomes above $50k say so.
Who or what do you think is most responsible for the current condition of the nation’s economy? (OPEN EDNED)
President Trump/Republicans: 38%
Barack Obama/Democrats: 13%
Congress/lawmakers/regulation: 6%
Greed: 6%
Big business/corporations: 5%
Federal government: 5%
Free market/supply and demand: 3%
American workers: 3%
International events: 1%
Wall Street: 1%
Combination/all of the above: 11%
STOCK MARKET: When the stock market is doing well, how much does that typically help your household––a lot, a little, or does it not make a difference?
A lot: 24%
A little: 29%
No difference: 43%
TRUMP: Do you think Donald Trump’s policies are helping the U.S. economy, hurting the economy, or are they not making much of a difference either way?
Helping: 40%
Hurting: 38%
Not much difference: 18%
RON’S COMMENT: 9% of Democrats, 82% of Republicans and 28% of independents say Trump’s policy are helping the economy.

Among voters nationwide

Please tell me how often each of the following issues come up when you’re talking with friends and neighbors…
% = Frequently 
Cost of healthcare: 40%
Illegal immigration/border security: 37%
Climate change: 27%
Opioid addiction: 26%
Russian election meddling: 21%
RON’S COMMENT: 48% of Democrats frequently talk about the cost of healthcare compared to 31% of Republicans…. 31% of Democrats frequently talk about Illegal immigration/border security compared to 47% of Republicans….  41% of Democrats frequently talk about climate change versus 13% of Republicans….  27% of Democrats frequently talk about opioid addiction versus 26% of Republicans…. 29% of Democrats frequently talk about Russian election meddling compared to 14% of Republicans.

Among voters nationwide

Which one of the following comes closest to what you would like to see lawmakers do with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare––would you like lawmakers to repeal the law entirely, repeal parts of the law, expand the law, or leave it as is?
Repeal it entirely: 28%
Repeal parts of it: 23%
Expand it: 28%
Leave it as is: 14% 
RON’S COMMENT: Voters are split. By party: 49% of Democrats want to expand Obamacare, while 55% of Republicans want to repeal it entirely. 
Do you think Obamacare has mostly been a good thing for the country or mostly been a bad thing for the country?
Good thing: 50%
Bad thing: 37%
Mixed: 6%
RON’S COMMENT: This Fox News poll shows half of the electorate believes Obamacare has been a good thing for the country. By party: 80% of Democrats, 17% of Republicans and 42% of independents say it’s been a good thing.

Presidential job rating average based on recent nationwide polls.

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