New surveys released this week show that most Americans are disapproving of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic – a significant shift as the death toll in the United States increases.
Trump, who is running for re-election in November, first downplayed the coronavirus threat before taking steps to curb its spread. His approval rate initially rose, but as the virus pounded the economy and more Americans became infected, views on how he dealt with the outbreak developed negatively.
In a CNN poll released on Wednesday, 52% disapproved of Trump’s fight against the virus, compared to around 48% in the CNN poll in early March. When asked about Trump’s handling of the pandemic in early March, 41% agreed and 48% declined.
Overall, the federal government did worse in the CNN survey. 55% declined to respond and 41% agreed, compared with 48% who agreed and 47% who declined in the CNN poll at the end of March.
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Opinions about Trump’s handling of the crisis were largely partisan: 88% of the Republicans agreed with Trump, 14% of the Democrats agreed, and 45% of the independents agreed.
The CNN survey was conducted from April 3-6, with a sample size of 1,002 Americans and an error rate of 3.7 percentage points.
A Monmouth University poll released on Wednesday also showed public approval of Trump’s slip of the coronavirus response. 46 percent of respondents said Trump was doing a good job and 49 percent said he was doing a bad job. In March, half of respondents said they did a good job and 45% said they did a bad job. Monmouth’s survey was conducted from April 3rd to 7th with a sample size of 857 adults and an error rate of 3.4 percentage points.
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A survey by Reuters and Ipsos showed similar results. In their April 6-7 poll, among 1,116 American adults, 53% disapproved of Trump’s treatment of the pandemic and 42% agreed, a shift of 46% disapproval and 48% approval in their poll from March 30-31. The Reuters / Ipsos survey has a credibility interval of 3 percentage points.
Views of sources of information during the pandemic collapse along the party lines. 45 percent of those polled in a Politico and Morning Consult survey said they were satisfied with the information Trump provided about the corona virus. This percentage dropped to 16% among Democrats and 79% among Republicans.
The majority on both sides of the aisle said that with the information from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 76 percent of all respondents said they were satisfied with the information he provided, and almost 80 percent of Democrats and Republicans said they were satisfied.
The survey in Monmouth reflected the results. 35% of respondents and large proportions on both sides of the aisle said Fauci was the most trustworthy official on television, and 20% said Trump was the most trustworthy. Almost half or 45% of the Republicans said Trump was the most trustworthy official, compared to 3% of the Democrats.
Forty percent of those polled in the Politico / Morning Consult survey said Trump’s response to the coronavirus was “excellent” or “good”, and 54 percent rated the response as “only fair” or “bad”.
The Politico and Morning Consult poll was conducted between April 3 and 5, among 1,990 registered voters and had an error rate of 2 percentage points.
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Corona Virus: Polls Show Majorities Disapprove of Trump’s Dealings