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16 September 2018, 09:01 | Erica Roy
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Republican lawmakers and strategists say a new tax debate should amplify the party's upbeat economic message, touting a report by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation that forecast the creation of 1.5 million jobs and wage increases if individual tax cuts in last year's tax reform bill were made permanent.
Overall, just 36 per cent approved of the way the President was handling his job, down from 42 per cent in August, the poll revealed on Monday.
Trump and his Republicans are touting December's tax cuts as a boost to the economy, an important feature of their campaign push to defend their majorities in the House and U.S. Senate against a challenge from Democrats. In the new poll, less than half (46%) say Trump can manage the government effectively compared to 56% who say he cannot. Strikingly, when the group this month surveyed some of the same districts where Republicans had unleashed a barrage of negative ads, they found that Democratic candidates had only slipped a little and the races remained within the polling margin of error. In addition, the Republican plan would allow the popular, tax-free 529 college savings accounts to also be used to pay for apprenticeship fees and home schooling expenses, as well as paying off student debt.
Democrats still face challenges of their own, namely the unpopularity of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, and the party's tilt left on issues like immigration, both of which could chill support from some otherwise persuadable voters. This has put Republican lawmakers in high-tax states like New York, New Jersey, California, Illinois and Minnesota in a hard position because they would either support a provision that would put their states in a vulnerable place or oppose a bill that is backed by their own party.
New polling shows Democrats with 12- and 14-point leads over Republicans in the midterm congressional elections - a possible indication of a "blue wave" this fall.
And looking ahead to the next major election to come - the presidential nominating contests - the Democrats who are among the top contenders for their party's presidential nomination are generally viewed more favorably than unfavorably by their partisans.
Former Vice President Joe Biden earns near universal positive reviews among his partisans, 86% have a favorable opinion.
But Carter adds too "liberal a program" can scare many voters.
Majorities of the Democratic electorate are unsure, however, about Cory Booker (53%), Kamala Harris (55%) and Deval Patrick (84%). America's growth domestic product grew at a 4.2 percent rate in the second quarter of 2018, on track to grow by 3 percent this calendar year.
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