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Trump’s Economic Boom vs. Biden’s Inflation Woes


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As the political landscape reshapes, one question looms large: was former President Donald Trump’s tenure better for the American economy? This inquiry gains momentum as voters reflect on the contrasting economic experiences under Trump’s administration and the current Biden presidency.

Key Points:

Economic Sentiment on Super Tuesday: On Super Tuesday, the prevailing sentiment among voters underscores the significance of the economy, with 65% recalling Trump’s era as prosperous, in contrast to 38% affirming the same for Biden’s tenure.

Impact of Pre-Pandemic Stability: The period from 2017 to 2019 witnessed economic stability under Trump, characterized by a robust labor market and steady growth. Unemployment rates hit historic lows, fostering a conducive environment for economic progression.

Inflation Dynamics: One pivotal distinction between the two periods revolves around inflation. While Trump’s era saw modest inflation rates of around 2%, the post-pandemic landscape ushered in an inflation surge, peaking at a 40-year high of 9.1% in June 2022. This inflationary pressure strained consumer budgets, contributing to economic apprehensions.

Wage Growth Dynamics: Pre-pandemic wage growth, averaging 3%, outpaced inflation, empowering American workers with enhanced purchasing power. However, the post-pandemic scenario witnessed a reversal, with wage growth trailing inflation. Consequently, consumers grappled with diminishing purchasing power, amplifying economic concerns.

GDP Resilience: Despite prevailing challenges, the U.S. economy exhibited resilience, showcasing better-than-expected Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. A resilient GDP translates to increased business activity and job creation, vital components for sustained economic vitality.

Prospects Amidst Economic Transition: Economists acknowledge the ongoing recovery from the pandemic-induced shock. However, the landscape is evolving, marked by higher interest rates and lingering inflationary pressures. These transitions, while indicative of progress, underscore the journey towards restoring economic stability akin to pre-pandemic levels.


As voters reflect on the economic trajectory, nuanced assessments emerge regarding the comparative economic landscapes under Trump and Biden’s administrations. While Trump’s era boasted stability and robust growth, the current period navigates through pandemic-induced disruptions and inflationary challenges, signaling a landscape in transition towards sustained economic prosperity.

Wasim Qadri
Wasim Qadri
Islamabad based Senior Journalist, TV Show Host, Media Trainer, can be follow on twitter @jaranwaliya

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