Americans have never been more optimistic. According to a new Gallup poll, for the first time since they've asked this question about job optimism, they've never reached 50% -- until President Trump was elected. 67% of Americans says now is a good time to find a quality job.
Gallup has asked Americans to say whether it is a good time or bad time to find a quality job monthly since August 2001. Prior to 2017, the percentage saying "good time" never reached 50%, but since Trump took office in January that year, the percentage has stayed at or above 50% and has been higher than 60% in eight of the past nine months.
During the presidency of Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, the percentage of Americans who thought it was a bad time to find a quality job outweighed the percentage who thought it was a good time until the final weeks he was in office. However, Obama took office in the midst of the Great Recession of 2007-2009, when only 13% thought it was a good time to get a quality job, and the percentage almost quadrupled during his eight years in office.
Comparing combined responses for the three-month period just before Trump's election, the first three months of his presidency, and the most recent three months reveals just how much the recent increase in overall optimism is the product of a radical turnaround among Republicans and those who lean Republican.
On average, 27% of Republicans said it was a good time to find a quality job in the three polls (August, September, October) leading up to the 2016 election. But the average Republican figure for Trump's first three months in office -- February, March and April 2017 -- more than doubled to 60%. The average for the most recent three months -- March, April and May of this year -- now stands at 82%.