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Trump leads Biden 42% to 34% in terms of which candidate is trusted more on the economy

by | May 29, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

On Thursday we discussed a cry-for-help from Democrats echoing in a story that appeared in POLITICO. 

In one sentence, they’d heard a report via Zoom from Jason Furman, a Harvard professor, who’d worked for former President Obama, predicting that “We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country.”

According to reporters Ryan Lizza and Daniel Lippman

Since the Zoom call, Furman has been making the same case to anyone who will listen, especially the close-knit network of Democratic wonks who have traversed the Clinton and Obama administrations together, including top members of the Biden campaign.

Furman’s counterintuitive pitch has caused some Democrats, especially Obama alumni, around Washington to panic. “This is my big worry,” said a former Obama White House official who is still close to the former president. Asked about the level of concern among top party officials, he said, “It’s high — high, high, high, high.”

As we noted, other Democrats countered that even with the strongest possible recovery, millions would still be out of work—and it would be the Democrats’ task to assure that voters blamed President Trump.

One day later, a story written for Yahoo by James Oliphant and Trevor Hunnicutt is headlined,” Biden losing economic argument to Trump as U.S. begins to re-open” []. 

They write, “Some Biden supporters fear that vulnerability could intensify if Trump becomes the face of an economic recovery as the country re-opens after shutdowns, giving the Republican president’s re-election prospects a boost when he needs it most.”

There is much toing and froing and it takes until the 7th paragraph to learn, “Though the former vice president has an edge on Trump in overall support ahead of the Nov. 3 election, Reuters/Ipsos polling this week showed Trump with a 42% to 34% lead over Biden in terms of which candidate was trusted more on the economy.”

The consolation for Democrats was their next paragraph: “Americans were split between who has a better plan for a national recovery: 37% favored Biden while 35% favored Trump.”

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