Americans Would Prefer Obama Over Trump To Handle Coronavirus Pandemic — Poll

A new poll published Wednesday morning asked voters who they would prefer to be in charge of the current coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation, former President Barack Obama or current President Donald Trump.

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By an overwhelming majority, the American people prefer the former president.

Only 38 percent of respondents in a Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted earlier this month said, given the two choices, that they would choose Trump to lead during this time. Conversely, 52 percent said Obama would be the better pick to be in charge at this moment.

Certainly, Obama would likely utilize aspects of his healthcare plan and presidential legacy, the Affordable Care Act, during the crisis — a point the poll highlights that most Americans would be supportive of.

Noting that Trump has not yet reopened the healthcare exchanges within the ACA, only 30 percent of Americans say they approve of his inaction on that issue, while 50 percent said they want him to enact this part of Obamacare for this emergency situation. Twenty percent didn’t have an opinion or didn’t know enough about it to form a stance.

Many Americans who have lost their jobs due to the crisis are able to apply for insurance on the exchanges, but many who are still employed but without adequate coverage are not eligible.

Overall, Americans don’t look too fondly toward Trump’s performance as president — whether it has to do with coronavirus or not. Only 44 percent approve of his job as commander-in-chief so far, with 54 percent disapproving.

Americans were split on who they’d rather have in charge when it came to Trump or his presumptive Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who served as vice president alongside Obama. Forty-one percent said they preferred Biden while 39 percent picked Trump, numbers that are within the poll’s margin of error.

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