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Fox News Poll: Biden Trounces Trump, Americans Want Tougher Coronavirus Restrictions

Fox News Poll: Biden Trounces Trump, Americans Want Tougher Coronavirus Restrictions

While many polls have shown a considerable “bump” for President Donald Trump, due primarily to his being in command during the coronavirus crisis (among other reasons), he’s not showing much in terms of improvement when it comes to the 2020 presidential race.

Both images, via Gage Skidmore/Flickr

A Fox News poll released on Friday shows that Trump’s approval rating is pretty split across the board, with 48 percent approving of him and 51 percent saying they disapprove of his performance as president. According to historical Fox News poll data, this ties his highest approval rating ever — matching what grade the public gave to him in February 2017.

On the coronavirus outbreak, Trump also receives high marks, with 51 percent of Americans saying they approve of his response and 46 percent saying they disapprove. That being said, his numbers are actually on the low-end of ratings compared to other entities — including how people feel about their state governments reaction to COVID-19 (74 percent approval) and their views on Dr. Anthony Fauci (77 percent approval).

And Americans overall want the federal government to do more when it comes to social distancing, not rescind the practice as Trump has been planning to do in recent days. Only 17 percent of Americans would oppose a national stay-in-place order, while 75 percent want such an order to be enacted.

One might expect Trump’s performance in national polling data against potential Democratic Party rivals to be doing better, given his high ratings in approval. But just the opposite has happened: Trump actually performs a percentage point lower than he did in a February Fox News poll, for instance, in a hypothetical matchup against former Vice President Joe Biden.

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If the election for president were held today, respondents in the poll said they’d prefer Biden to Trump, 49 percent to 40 percent, respectively. Five percent said they’d vote for someone else, while two percent wouldn’t vote at all.

Biden’s numbers improve if he follows through on a campaign promise and selects a female candidate as his vice presidential running mate. With either Sens. Kamala Harris or Amy Klobuchar as his running-mate, his total goes up to 50 percent support; with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 52 percent of Americans would support the Democratic ticket.

The incumbent president seems to be seen in a positive light due to his supposed leadership during a time of crisis. But even that doesn’t seem to diminish the fact that, for quite some time now, the American people are well-aware that Trump is not someone who should be in the White House for another four years.

Featured image credit: images of BidenTrump, both via Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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