Trump election sparks surge in optimism over economy

The election of Donald Trump has brought about a surge in optimism over the economy not seen in years

CNBC’s All-America Economic Survey for the fourth quarter shows an unprecedented jump — compared to before the election — in the percentage of Americans who expect the economy to improve in the year ahead.

The surge was powered by Republicans and independents reversing their outlooks. Republicans swung from deeply pessimistic, with just 15 percent saying the economy would improve in the next year, to strongly optimistic, with 74 percent believing in an economic upswing. Optimism among independents doubled but it fell by more than half for Democrats. Just 16 percent think the economy will improve.

“We’re looking at America moving into a more positive era with regard to economic expectations,” said Micah Roberts, vice president at Public Opinion Strategies, which serves as the Republican pollster for the CNBC survey. “No doubt the election of Donald Trump has ushered that in.”