Most Disapprove Trump’s Handling Of Coronavirus Crisis, New Poll Shows
As President Donald Trump has shown himself to be not only an incompetent leader on the issue of the coronavirus pandemic, but also an ignorant one, Americans are taking note.
An ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday morning found that only 43 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the situation so far. Meanwhile, 54 percent say they disapprove of his actions during the COVID-19 crisis.
Understandably, Americans are concerned about personally getting infected with the disease, with 66 percent saying so, while 34 percent say they’re not worried about it.
Prior data has shown that Republicans have had a lackadaisical outlook on the virus’ spread and its impact on society. This latest poll demonstrates that more Republicans are starting to get concerned, but they’re still the voting bloc that’s less likely to care about the pandemic, with 44 percent stating they’re not worried about it.
Only a little more than a quarter of Americans said they have engaged in social distancing practices so far, including skipping going out to dinner, canceling a personal or business trip, or not going to a sporting event, for example.
Such practices are seen as helpful in spreading out the number of people who will need to be seen in hospitals over the course of the pandemic — a strategy that is called “flattening the curve.”
Thread. Handwashing and canceling events are not about lowering your relatively low personal risk.
— John E Hayes PhD (@TasteProf) March 7, 2020
So far in the United States as of Friday morning, there have been 1,660 identified cases of coronavirus across 46 separate states. Forty-one individuals have died as a result of the disease’s spread.
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