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    ABC News/WaPo Poll: Trump approval at highest ever, majority approve of handling of pandemic

    ABC News/WaPo Poll: Trump approval at highest ever, majority approve of handling of pandemic

    “66% express confidence in the federal government’s ability to handle the outbreak”

    Donald Trump’s approval, both in general and specifically as to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, has been surging, as reflected in a recent Gallup poll, Gallup: 60% Support Trump’s handling of pandemic, overall support surges to 49%.

    As previously discussed this surge, and the role of Trump’s daily press briefings, has Democrats and the media in a panic, Rachel Maddow and others call on networks not to broadcast Trump coronavirus press conferences

    Now there is more evidence of Trump’s surge, via a Washington Post / ABC News poll. But you wouldn’t know it from the headlines, each of which focuses on people’s fears:

    WAPO: Poll finds universal lifestyle changes, rising stress and growing fears about catching coronavirus

    ABC News: Coronavirus impacts: Disrupted lives, elevated stress, and soaring worry: Poll

    But look beyond the headline, and you will find Trump’s polling surge, though WaPo goes out of its way to downplay it:

    On the political front, President Trump narrowly wins approval for his handling of the outbreak, and his overall approval rating has grown five percentage points since February, to 48 percent, even as most Americans say he was too slow to take action in the early days of the virus’s spread. The rise in Trump’s approval rating, however, is far smaller than some other presidents have experienced in times of national crisis….

    ABC News is less biased in its presentation:

    In the political arena, President Donald Trump’s overall job approval rating advanced to his best on record in ABC/Post polls, 48%, even as 58% say he acted too slowly in the early days of the outbreak. This is the first time since he took office that Trump’s approval rating has exceeded disapproval of his work, 46% (though the difference isn’t statistically significant).

    Fifty-one percent approve specifically of Trump’s handling of the outbreak; 45% don’t….

    That said, there are substantial risks to the president. Trump’s overall approval rating drops among people who are more worried about catching the coronavirus, report severe local economic impacts, say their lives have been especially disrupted or know someone who’s caught the virus. He also has lower approval in states with higher per-capita infection rates.

    They don’t give a state-by-state breakdown, but it’s reasonable to assume that the lower approval ratings are in large deep blue states like New York and California which also have the greatest virus problems.

    ABC News also mentions this significant finding (emphasis added):

    Trump’s 51-45% rating specifically for handling the coronavirus crisis finds approval 10 points higher than in a CNN poll three weeks ago. That said, many more, 66%, express confidence in the federal government’s ability to handle the outbreak; that includes just 26% who are very confident.

    Expect calls for the networks not to broadcast Trump’s press briefings to grow.



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    PODKen | March 27, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    No … he bungled it early on via his denials and we lost our chance to get ahead of this thing. Doing better now but has not used the full power of the presidency to address the facts on the ground. His get back to work by Easter idea is BS and unrelated to the continuing problems on the ground. Is wasting effort bitching about the name of the virus and injecting more politics into something where it isn’t beneficial. Absolutely awful communicator … we need someone credible … and he’s spent the last 3 years destroying his credibility. As for the stimulus … not too bad for a start … but will need much more. I wouldn’t give him a grade better than D-.

    Taxpayer | March 27, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    As Trump’s poll numbers rise, enemedia begins censoring press conferences..

    Allears | March 27, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Mailman: …maybe more than the foot. :]

    RandomCrank | March 28, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Everyone here needs to understand what really counts, and what’s in fact the ONLY thing that counts: the results of the ongoing mass field trial of cloroquine + asythromicin now underway in New York. Nothing else matters, biologically or politically.

    If that trial fails, all hell will break loose. If it succeeds, this whole thing will be over and done with by Memorial Day, and sooner in many places.

    Trump’s name is all over that N.Y. field trial. He’s the one who prevailed upon the FDA to make it happen. If it works, it’s a grand slam. If it doesn’t work the broken low heel off of one of Hillary’s pumps could beat him this fall.

    Life isn’t usually too simple. Call this an exception that proves the rule.

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