Trump’s strong ratings on the economy is probably why he continuously tried to make the 2020 election about it. What he never seemed to get is that during a pandemic, it’s more than just jobs that matter to voters.
Indeed, on the economy, Trump seems to have bested not just his successor but his predecessor, Barack Obama. When asked by Quinnipiac in November 2016, 44% of voters said that Obama’s policies helped the economy compared to 38% who said that they hurt them.
Going back even further, it’s pretty clear that Trump’s record is viewed as one of the better ones for a first term over the last 45 years.
A majority of voters (52%) said they approved of Trump’s economic performance in the Quinnipiac poll. Other polling similarly pegs Trump’s economic approval rating at 50% or above.