- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Most voters would at least partially blame President Trump for the U.S. entering an economic recession, including roughly half of those who elected him, a poll revealed Wednesday.

Conducted over the weekend by Morning Consult for Politico, the survey of 1,998 registered voters found that more than two-thirds would hold Mr. Trump responsible for a recession.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents said Mr. Trump would be at least partially to blame for the U.S. experiencing a major economic slow down, while 19% said he would not at all be responsible.

Roughly half of the respondents who said they voted for Mr. Trump in 2016 — 49% — answered that he would be at least partially to blame for a recession, the poll revealed. Forty percent of Trump voters said he would not be to blame, and 10% were undecided.

The survey was conducted for Politico from Aug. 16-18 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points, according to Morning Consult.

Mr. Trump acknowledged Tuesday that an ongoing trade war with China could tip the U.S. toward recession, but he said the possible outcome was “irrelevant” because it is necessary to “take China on.”

“It’s about time, whether it’s good for our country or bad for our country short term,” Mr. Trump said.

More recently, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that the national deficit is growing faster than expected and slated to top 1 trillion dollars in 2020.

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