CLEVELAND, Ohio— -- Donald Trump is betting big on his business experience in hopes of getting voters to believe he can “Make America Work Again.”
That’s the theme of the Republican National Convention’s slate of speakers tonight, and a handful of people near the entrance to the Quicken Loans Arena think he’ll be able to do it.
“It’s got to be better than the last eight years,” Joe Rose, a Cleveland-based attorney told ABC this afternoon. “He can’t do any worse.”
Trump has made the economy and his personal wealth a significant factor in his campaign, and polling suggests with reason.
According to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index which bases its information on weekly surveys, about two-thirds of white Americans say the national economy is in bad shape. Trump has garnered significant amounts of his support from white voters.
But when it comes to deciding who should be in charge of fixing it, the answer isn’t as clear.
Americans stand divided on which presidential candidate they’d trust more to handle the economy -– among the general population, the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll recorded an even 45-45 percent split between Trump and Hillary Clinton. When polling among registered voters, however, 48 percent favored Trump and 43 percent supported Clinton.
Tino Ferreira, who normally works as an acrobat but is currently manning a Trump memorabilia stand on Cleveland’s busy 4th Street, said that Trump’s “already making money for me!”
Ferreira was already a Trump supporter when his friend asked him if he wanted to come to Cleveland and sell Trump hats and pins during the convention.
“The stuff sells itself,” he said.