US Election Tracker: Is Trump’s Approval Going Up On Handling COVID?
The answer is a clear yes. An average of recent polls suggests his job approval rating has surged to its highest level since Trump took office (Chart 1). There was always a question as to whether Trump would be viewed along the lines of Bush junior in response to 9/11 (approval up) or Bush junior in response to Hurricane Katrina (approval down). Clearly, it’s currently more than former than the latter.
However, it may not all be plain sailing. When the public are asked specifically about how the President is handling the outbreak, his net approval, while still positive, is notably lower than state governments or health agencies such as CDC (Chart 2). He does better than the news media, though.
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