Americans haven’t been this optimistic about the economy since early 2001.
In CNN’s latest poll, nearly 70 percent of Americans now say the economy is in good shape, up 12 points since Trump took office. By more than a 2-to-1 margin (47-23 percent), Americans say their personal financial situation is better than a year ago rather than worse.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, showing similar findings, found that 57 percent of Democrats are satisfied with the state of the economy. (Remarkably, Democratic satisfaction with the economy under Trump is higher than it was throughout the Obama presidency.) In addition, the poll found 39 percent of Americans ready for an economic expansion for themselves and their families—the highest share since 2005—a sign that the optimism isn’t limited just to the wealthiest voters.
Wait, not just millionaires and billionaires are benefiting from this totally stellar economic growth? Holy cat balls, Batman.
At the end of the year, FiveThirtyEight’s weighted average of congressional polls found Democrats with a significant 13-point advantage on the generic ballot—a margin that would likely mean Democratic control of the House with a shot at a Senate majority. That advantage narrowed to 7 points this week, a margin that would give Republicans a credible shot to maintain control of Congress.
I wouldn't fly the MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banned just yet. While the economic news is better than deep fried double-fudge cake being classified as a health food, Trump's approval ratings are still down. Way down. Plus if people are optimistic, they may be less likely to vote. As opposed to the unhinged Dumbledore's Army running to the polls screaming, "Nuts to me making more money, Trump tweeted a mean thing!" Stop the Dark Lord of the Orange Coif. His Twitter account is but a horcrux! Economics is just a social construct.
It is, however, only January. If the economic trends continue, and if the president can dial back the live tweeting, election night 2018 could be another depressing leftist screamfest.
And another hysterical one for the rest of us.
More importantly, more Americans can succeed without government standing in their way.