Trump Approval Poll Plummets 20+ Points As Republican Party Fractures

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Americans are not pleased with Donald Trump. When it comes to life-and-death issues, those living out among the amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties [America the Beautiful] will protect their own, not the politicians. People have been following the coronavirus pandemic closely, both Republican and Democratic, and they have found their president lacking.

A new Morning Consult poll discovered Trump’s net approval for handling the coronavirus pandemic is quite negative. A full 51 percent of people interviewed for the poll disapproved, 43 percent approved.

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Source: Morning Consult.

The Morning Consult poll was conducted between April 24 and 26. Trump had just wrongly suggested people might use a disinfectant injection or somehow funnel sunlight into the human body to deal with coronavirus. The ideas verged on truly bad to lethal.

There was no way that POTUS was going to pass the smell test on that one, because he offered it live on cable news. He has fallen 22 points since the March 17-20 poll. Interviewees at the time were still caught in a “rally around the flag” moment.

The poll reported that:

  • ‘51% of voters disapprove of Trump’s coronavirus response; 43% approve.
  • 54% say his coronavirus task force briefings are frustrating, and 47% say they’re counterproductive.
  • President trails Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic nominee, by 4 points.’

Forty-one percent of American voters “strongly” disapproved of the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The current poll compared the current poll to the March poll, 41 percent “strongly” disapproved to 28 percent. Those who “strongly” approved of him went down during that same timeframe, from 30 percent to seven percent. Voters who either “somewhat” approved or disapproved remained stable.

Conversely, voters who approved of how their local and state governments dealt with coronavirus increased to 70 percent [seven in 10].

People seemed to appreciate the Congress more than Trump, 49 percent, even after they apparently botched the ‘economic and health care relief programs.”

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Source: Morning Consult.

The poll indicated that 55 percent of randomly-selected voters “always” or “sometimes” watched the president’s press briefings on cable news. In a surprising turn, 65 percent said they watched the news coverage of the man who occasionally sits in the Oval Office’s briefings.

Forty-seven percent found those press briefings where he spent much of his time sparring with journalists “informative,” an equal number, 47 percent, found them “counter-productive,” and a full 54 percent called them “frustrating.” Only 39 percent considered Trump’s briefings “presidential.”

Then, when it came to questions about his presidential opponent in November 2020, the poll results showed that:

‘With presumptive November rival Joe Biden largely sidelined due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Trump’s singular position on the 2020 stage has been followed by a 27-point decline in net approval among independent voters over his handling of coronavirus, roughly matching the drop among Democrats since mid-March.’

The Morning Consult poll had a one +/- point margin of error.

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