Both presidential candidates divide voters on the economy

Candice JaimungalSocial Media Contributor
October 26, 2020, 3:30 PM UTC

The latest Economist/YouGov poll shows that voters are split on the ability of both Joe Biden and Donald Trump to manage the US economy.  

Two in five (42%) registered voters say the economy will get better if Democratic nominee Joe Biden is elected, while 42% think it will get worse.  

A similar proportion of voters (44%) think the economy would get better if President Trump is re-elected. In contrast, 41% say the economy will get worse, and 14% say think it will remain the same if the president is re-elected.  

Unsurprisingly voters who below to each candidate’s party are more likely to think they will improve the economy: 77% of Democrats say so of Biden, while 88% of Republicans think the same of Trump. 

The president does lead among Independents, however. Almost half of Independents (49%) say Trump would make the economy better if re-elected, while only 33% think Biden would boost growth. 

See the toplines and crosstabs from this week’s Yahoo News/YouGov Poll    

Methodology: The Yahoo! News survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,583 U.S. registered voters interviewed online between October 16 – 18, 2020. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 Presidential vote, registration status, geographic region, and news interest. The margin of error for the sample was 4.0%    

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