Monday, July 02, 2018
At 47%, Donald Trump's approval is the highest it's been in over a year, and has been trending up steadily since March of 2018. The President's approval on specific issues has also seen a bump -- approval numbers on stimulating jobs (58%), his handling of the economy (57%), fighting terrorism (57%), foreign affairs (47%), and administering the government (45%) are at the highest recorded by this poll. Only his handling of immigration (46%) failed to reach a new high. Optimism in the direction of the country is also at its highest since the beginning of the Trump presidency. Today, 39% of voters say the U.S. is on the right track, the highest recorded in the CAPS-Harris Poll. Forty-seven percent of voters also express confidence in the direction of the economy (compared to 39% who say it is off on the wrong track), and 69% believe the U.S. economy is strong today -- the highest recorded number for this confidence variable.
Perhaps most significantly heading into the 2018 midterm elections, 68 percent say that their personal economic situation is improving or holding steady. Voters say that they are experiencing tangible economic benefits as a result of the Trump tax cuts and aggressive deregulation, contrary to the Democrats' sky-will-fall messaging, which will give Republican candidates are la significant lift at midterms.
Even more striking numbers are evident on immigration: Despite the sound and fury stemming from the recent border controversy, fully 61 percent think current border security is "inadequate," and when asked if the U.S. should have "open borders" or "secure borders," 76 percent want the secure kind.
As for Trump's cardinal promise to "build the wall," 60 percent support "a combination of physical and electronic barriers" on the southern border and 69 percent want Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to continue its work and not be abolished. In fact, 70 percent want stricter enforcement of immigration law. That includes deportations: 64 percent say those who come into the country illegally should be "sent home" rather than "allowed to stay." That also applies to parents who cross the border illegally with children in tow: 61 percent say they should be sent home.
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