Americans harbor doubts about Trump’s tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer than half of Americans expect President Donald Trump’s tariffs to do much to help the U.S. economy.

That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Majorities of Americans also doubt the recently announced taxes on imports will increase jobs or wages at home.

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 lead prices for everyday goods to climb.

Yet despite the concerns, the economy is a source of strength for Trump. While only 38 percent of Americans approve of his handling of the presidency, 51 percent approve of his stewardship of the U.S. economy.