Most feel good about the economy, but not about the state of the country

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Before President Trump's speech on the state of the Union, more Americans are positive about the state of the economy than the country as a whole. With Mr. Trump reaching a record high in agreeing to deal with the economy, he's more of the opinion that he divided the country than united.

75 percent of adults in the US say the economy is in good shape, the highest level in nearly 20 years.

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Fifty-seven percent support the president's work in business – the highest since he took office. Most who rate the state of the economy as good say that the president is at least partially responsible, including most Democrats.

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When asked about the current state of the union, however, opinions are mostly negative. Fifty-six percent of Americans say things are fair or bad, while 44 percent say good or good. Opinions differ widely in terms of party politics. Most Republicans say the country's state is great or good, while most Democrats say it's fair or bad.

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Almost half of those surveyed who say the economy is in good shape judge the state of the country negatively. Seven out of ten respondents in this group – who feel positive about the economy but negative about the state of the country – disapprove of the work that the President does overall.

While Mr. Trump enjoys a positive assessment of the economy, his overall job rating and grades on other issues are lower. Forty-three percent agree with the president's overall professional performance.

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With his fourth year in office underway, more than half of Americans say that Mr. Trump has largely done what he announced as president. This is especially true for Republicans. More than nine out of ten respondents believe President Trump did what he promised, and 56% of the independents agree. Two thirds of the Democrats disagree.

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The president's general approval rating has remained relatively stable throughout his presidency, and most Americans (70%) say they have chosen him. Only 28% say the president could do or say something that would change their mind about his work performance. The majority of those who approve and reject his work performance say that like most Democrats and Republicans, they chose him.

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The president's assessments of foreign policy and immigration are negative – more than half disapprove of his dealings with everyone – while his trade ratings are more divided. Despite his positive assessments of how the economy is handled, more than half of Americans say that the needs and problems of people like them are of little or no importance to the President. Most Republicans, however, say he does.

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Partisan divisions can also be seen in other assessments of the President and his policies. Most Democrats (and Independents) think President Trump's presidency has divided Americans, while Republicans are more likely to say they brought them together.

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A majority of Republicans believe that the president's policies have increased the security of the county, while Democrats say they have made the country less secure. There is little appetite for military conflicts with Iran. Most Americans, including the majority of parties, consider Iran a threat that can be contained.

Looking ahead, 68% of Americans are optimistic about the economy next year, while a slightly smaller majority of 59% are optimistic about the United States' position in the world. Most bipartisan parties view the economy positively, but most Democrats – unlike Republicans and Independents – view the country's future in the world pessimistically.

To choose from a list of articles, more Americans are choosing economy and healthcare as impeachments as a top priority for the country. When impeached, more Americans believe that this will politically harm the Congress Democrats than to say about Mr. Trump.

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The country shares the political impact of impeachment on the president. Four out of ten say it won't do much. Democrats are more of the opinion that impeachment will harm the president (39%) than help (11%). Half (50%) of Republicans believe the impeachment issue will help President Trump.

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All in all, more Americans say that impeachment is conducted unfairly and fairly. Four out of ten say it is too early to say. Both Republicans and Democrats are inclined to believe that the process is unfair, especially Republicans.

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Both congress parties continue to receive negative ratings from the public. Most reject the work done by Congress Democrats (58%), as do Congress Republicans (57%).


This survey was conducted on January 26 and 29, 2020 by telephone among 1,202 adults across the country. The data collection was carried out on behalf of CBS News by SSRS from Glen Mills, PA. The phone numbers were chosen from samples of landline and mobile phones.

A random number dialing method was used in the survey. For the fixed network sample, one respondent was randomly selected from all adults in the household. For the cell test, interviews were conducted with the person who answered the call.

The interviews were conducted in English and Spanish with live interviewers. The data was weighted to reflect the US census data on demographic variables.

The error due to the sample for results based on the entire sample can be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups can be higher and is available on request. The error rate contains the effects of standard weighting procedures that slightly increase the sampling error. This survey announcement complies with the National Council's disclosure standards for public surveys.