Trump Approval Unchanged Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, WSJ/NBC Poll

Trump Approval Unchanged Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, WSJ/NBC Poll

Trump holds up despite frequent media attacks on administration

The approval of President Donald Trump remains unchanged since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News.

Despite frequent media attacks on the Trump administration, the President is holding steady with public confidence in his handling on the coronavirus outbreak.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

The survey of 900 registered voters found little sign that a crisis with the potential to define the 2020 election has altered the political standing of President Trump.

Some 51% disapprove of how he is handling the virus outbreak, while 45% approve. That is nearly identical to his overall job-approval rating, which is virtually unchanged from last month and from much of his tenure as president.

Republicans and Democrats hold nearly inverse views on his emergency response, with 81% of GOP voters saying he has done well and 84% of Democrats saying the opposite.

Among independents, 43% approve, and 52% disapprove.

Fewer people in the survey said they had confidence in Mr. Trump to handle the crisis than they did in various levels of government.

Less than half—48%—said they had a fair amount or a great deal of confidence in the president.

By comparison, 62% had confidence in the federal government, 72% in local government, and 75% in their state government.

Earlier this week, leading health official Dr. Anthony Fauci said America is “ahead of the curve” on containing the coronavirus thanks to the bold actions of Trump.

Fauci, who has advised six presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues, praised Trump’s handling of the crisis during a Friday interview.

The United States has a head start on containing the coronavirus because of President Trump’s unprecedented travel restrictions, Dr. Fauci says.

“Clearly, early on, we made a travel ban with regard to China — that was a very smart move right there,” Fauci said.

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