The economy, and ways to improve it, is arguably the most important issue in the upcoming presidential election. In May, a Gallup poll showed that Americans thought the economy was more critical than foreign affairs, immigration, or terrorism.
For the almost laughably large field of GOP hopefuls, that means that the ability to convince Republican voters of their ability to manage the economy is essential in order to remain in contention.
And right now it seems the person doing the best job of that is Donald Trump.
According to a recent poll from Reuters/Ipsos, 59 percent of Republicans surveyed said that they trusted Trump to manage the economy. He was the leader by a wide margin. The runner up was Ben Carson, with only 36 percent of respondents saying they’d trust the economy in his hands.
The results—though polling, and especially not polling this early, is by no means conclusive—indicate that Trump’s strategy is working, at least on some level. So far, that strategy has mostly included touting his success as a businessman and negotiator as evidence of his fluency with finances. In order to “make America great again,” Trump’s economic plan recommends streamlining tax brackets, from seven to four, with the top tax rate cut to 25 percent. American families who make less than $50,000 pay nothing. He wants to slash the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, eliminate deductions and loopholes, and do away with the death tax, among other things. An analysis by the conservative Tax Foundation found that Trump’s plan would cut federal revenue by around $10 trillion over the next decade, even accounting for growth.