Sixty-seven percent of Americans polled by Ipsos said that they disapprove of the way Trump has handled the unprecedented public health crisis.
A strong majority of Democrats said that they disapprove of the president’s handling of the issue, but his approval ratings dropped among independents and Republicans as well. Only 26 percent of independent voters said that they approve of Trump’s coronavirus response, while 78 percent of Republicans agreed.
In June’s poll, 59 percent of independents and 90 percent of Republicans approved of Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
Sixty-six percent of men and 67 percent of women said that they disapprove of how the president has handled the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic so far.
In June, 54 percent of men disapproved of Trump’s response.
Notably, 50 percent of white Americans without a college degree — a group considered a crucial element of Trump’s base — said that they disapprove of his response to the crisis.
In the previous poll, 42 percent of people in this group disapproved of the president’s response to the pandemic.
“Over nearly four months of polling, Trump’s approval has mostly held steady, except for one week in mid-March, when it spiked above 50 percent. In the last month, Trump’s approval dipped to a range between the high 30s and low 40s, as the U.S. saw a resurgence of coronavirus cases, particularly across the south and west.”
Despite the resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the nation, the president has supposedly downplayed the dangers of the virus on multiple occasions. As The Washington Post reported, Trump — who has blamed China for the pandemic — recently argued that “99 percent” of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless.”
“We have tested over 40 million people. By so doing, we show cases, 99 percent of which are totally harmless. Results that no other country will show, because no other country has testing that we have — not in terms of the numbers or in terms of the quality,” he said.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows pushed back against the suggestions that Trump is downplaying the severity of the outbreak, pointing out that the mortality rate has decreased.
However, according to The Washington Post, the United States still lags behind other nations when it comes to testing. Furthermore, public health experts have argued that the death rate has not yet spiked because most of the individuals infected are young people.