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Fewer than half of Americans expect President Donald Trump's tariffs to do much to help the U.S. economy, but their widespread unpopularity hasn't led most Republicans to stray from supporting the president's trade policy as the 2018 midterm elections approach.The survey found that 35 percent of Americans think the tariffs will leave them worse off financially, while only 19 percent expect improvement. Moreover, 72 percent of Americans say the import levies will cause prices for everyday goods to climb. While only 38 percent of Americans approve of his handling of the presidency, 51 percent approve of his stewardship of the U.S. economy, according to the poll.Forty-five percent of Americans approve of the president's handling of taxes, while 54 percent disapprove.Tariffs – Trump's major economic focus in recent months – could prove to be a risk for the president among the broader public.Overall, about six in 10 Americans disapprove of how the president is handling trade negotiations with other countries. Still, the poll also found that two-thirds of Republicans specifically favor Trump's new tariffs.
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