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September 21 2017, 09:27 | Irvin Gilbert
MI voters by a 42-to-39 percent margin said the USA economy has strengthened thanks to Trump's decisions.
While former President Barack Obama won Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania in 2008 and 2012, Trump was able to flip the states during the 2016 election, helping put him over the electoral college threshold needed to win the presidency.
In Michigan, 36 percent of voters approve of Trump's job performance (including 19 percent who strongly approve), while 55 percent disapprove (including 40 percent who strongly do).
Trump's support also appeared to be slipping among key demographic groups that helped deliver him the three crucial states.
The polls were conducted from August 13-17, while the White House was facing major blowback over how Trump handled the aftermath of Charlottesville. Even though voters in all three states seem to narrowly approve of Trump's economic decisions, they are less impressed by how the president has fared in other political arenas.
New NBC News Marist polls released Sunday find President Donald Trump's approval rating is below 40-percent in three states key to his election.
Asked which party they would prefer to control Congress after the midterm 2018 elections, 48 percent of voters polled in MI favored the Democrats as did 47 percent in Pennsylvania and 46 percent in Wisconsin.
In Michigan and Wisconsin, 64 percent of voters shared that sentiment.
However, six in 10 voters in all three states said they believed the U.S. role in the world has been diminished under the leadership of President Trump.
In Pennsylvania the number was 63 percent. Some 60% of voters in all three states said they believe the US' role on the worldwide stage has been weakened by Trump.
Ahead of next year's midterm elections, the polls show that 48 percent of MI voters prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 35 percent who prefer a Republican-controlled one. They surveyed 795 voters in MI, 773 voters in Pennsylvania and 801 voters in Wisconsin. And in Wisconsin, they have an 8-point edge, 46 percent to 38 percent. According to NBC News, "the polls show that 48 percent of MI voters prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 35 percent who prefer a Republican controlled one".