WASHINGTON – Americans increasingly say jobs are plentiful in their communities, but they continue to worry that their incomes are lagging, according to a poll released Tuesday.
As with most questions, partisanship strongly shapes how people see the economy. Republican views about the availability of good jobs suddenly improved with President Donald Trump’s election, while Democrats’ views soured, new figures from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center showed.
Even allowing for that, however, the public view of the job picture is at its best level since 2001, Pew found.
The picture is more mixed regarding incomes. About half of those surveyed said their incomes were falling behind the cost of living. Four in 10 said they were staying about even. Only 1 in 10 said their incomes were rising faster than the cost of living.
Positive feelings about the overall economy appear to have bolstered Trump’s standing, several surveys have indicated. About 3 in 10 people in Pew’s survey said Trump’s policies had improved the economy, about half said they have had no significant effect while about 1 in 5 said they had made things worse.
The Pew survey was conducted Oct. 25-30, 2017, among a national sample of 1,504 adults. The results have a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points in either direction.