Gallup — Nearly half of Americans express a “great deal” or “fair amount” of confidence in Sen. Bernie Sanders (47%) and Gov. John Kasich (46%) to recommend the right thing for the U.S. economy — the highest ratings among the five remaining presidential candidates. Americans have the least confidence in Donald Trump (30%).
These data, from an April 6-10 Gallup poll, come just three months before both parties’ nominating conventions and as the candidates clamor for the remaining delegates for their respective nomination contests.
Hillary Clinton ranks within striking distance of her Democratic competitor, Sanders, with 43% of Americans saying they have a great deal or fair amount of confidence in the former secretary of state. However, a majority of Americans (56%) say they have “only a little” or “almost [no]” confidence in her to recommend the right thing for the economy. Americans’ economic confidence in Clinton is lower now than during her 2008 campaign, when 51% were confident in her economic leadership.
Republican candidates Trump (30%) and Sen. Ted Cruz (35%) fall short of their GOP competitor, Kasich, in terms of the confidence Americans have in their handling of the economy. Majorities report having only a little or almost no confidence in Trump (68%) and Cruz (60%).
All five candidates currently inspire less economic confidence than President Barack Obama does.
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