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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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Democrats have shot themselves in the foot over this.

Because they focussed on getting Trump they have allowed Americans to suffer. And for that crime they should be held accountable in November!

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to mailman. | March 27, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Let’s be plain.

    DEMS have shot themselves in their heads multiple times with their own illegal assault weapons.

    Same goes for their Dem Owned MSM/Media Complex.

The media is focusing on fear and pessimism while Trump is high lighting medical progress with tempered optimism. The assembled WH press corpse is having rolling fits with this.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Whitewall. | March 27, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    ….and the DEMS and their EVIL MEDIA have forced the majority of Americans to SEE their Rabies-like hatred and criminality.

    Jehovah be praised!

De Blasio haunted by weeks-old tweet urging people to ‘get out on the town despite coronavirus’

That was March 2nd when Italy was the epicenter (outside China) of death from this virus.

Then 2 days ago, De Blasio flung open the gates of Rikers prison to release hundreds of convicted criminals – who may or may not be infected with Wuhan Corona Virus – and possibly further spread the virus among New Yorkers.

Now, De Blasio is pissing vinegar at Trump for not providing enough ventilators as his city morgues overflow with dead people.

At what point does the egregious malfeasance of elected officials become criminally negligent? We, as a nation, going forward, need to seriously address this abuse of ‘qualified immunity’.

Who is the face of the democrats right now, Biden, Schumer, Pelosi, Sanders? All of them are as unlikable or more unlikable than Trump.
Is it Cuomo, while he tries to come across as competent, he has many skeletons in his closet and the repubs would have no problem exposing those skeletons.
The dems have no one serving as captain of the ship.
As more and more can see what Trump is doing without the media filter they are discovering that the task force he has assembled is a group of experts doing all they can to get this situation under control and turn the ship around.

If ABC/WaPo poll says 66% approval, you can safely assume Trump’s actual number is at least 5 points higher.

    mailman in reply to MarkJ. | March 27, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    And even that is probably an understatement Mark.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to mailman. | March 27, 2020 at 6:26 pm

      I now always assume they shaved 20% off and/or only polled about 90% rabid Dems in rabid Blue States……

      Remember they were giving Hillary only about 100% chance to win right up until the wee hours of election night in November, 2016.

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-.

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

Mailman: …maybe more than the foot. :]

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.