Confidence In Trump Is Low — 60 Percent Say ‘The Worst Is Yet To Come’ With Coronavirus, Poll Finds
In early February, when the threat of coronavirus was not yet realized in the United States, President Donald Trump shared a rosy outlook with the rest of America during his State of the Union Address.
“Our spirit is still young, the sun is still rising, God’s grace is still shining, and, my fellow Americans, the best is yet to come,” he said at the time.
That optimism is not shared by the American people, according to a new poll, when it comes to where things are headed with the spread of COVID-19 across the country.
Only 6 percent of Americans believe that the worst of the virus is behind us, while ten times as many, 60 percent, say the “worst is yet to come,” according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released over the weekend. Meanwhile, 31 percent say that coronavirus isn’t going to be much of a problem at all, contradicting what health experts across the board are saying about it.
Most Americans are not happy with the way Trump has handled himself during the crisis so far. Only 45 percent approve of his job performance when it comes to tackling the spread of coronavirus, while 51 percent disapprove.
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75% Say they have confidence in their State government
62% Say they have confidence in the Federal government
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— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) March 15, 2020
Indeed, confidence in Trump is lacking when compared to other governments at all levels. Seventy-five percent of Americans have “total confidence” in their state governments, and 62 percent say they’re confident the federal government can address the situation well, too. But only 48 percent of Americans have confidence in Trump to lead during this crisis, while 50 percent say they’re not very confident in him or have no confidence at all in his ability to take charge.
Politically, the crisis may be hurting Trump. In a head-to-head contest with Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden, Trump trails the former vice president by 9 points. In January, he was behind Biden by just 6 points.
But Republicans seem to be following Trump’s message of positivity closely. Only 30 percent of Republican-leaning voters say they plan to stop going to large gatherings due to the virus’ spread, a move that goes against what experts are warning people to do.
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