The American people are not thrilled with the way President Donald Trump has handled himself during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a newly-published AP-NORC poll, only 41 percent of the U.S. population thinks Trump has done a good job during the crisis. Meanwhile, 58 percent say they disapprove of his job performance.
Americans overall are receptive, even supportive, of most social distancing measures that have been implemented by their states’ governors, contradicting the notions that several protesters across the country (egged-on by the president himself) have been pushing.
- 76 percent support bars and restaurants being closed during this time, with only 12 percent against;
- 68 percent back calls for nonessential medical care to be delayed;
- 4-in-5 Americans support calls to require people stay-at-home unless they’re out doing essential errands (such as trips to the grocery store); and
- 82 percent are agreeable to the idea that groups should be limited to 10 or fewer people in public.
Asked whether restrictions have gone too far or not, only 12 percent of Americans said that stay-at-home orders from their governors were too restrictive. Sixty-one percent said they felt the measures were about right, while 26 percent said they didn’t go far enough.
Put together, 87 percent of Americans think social distancing rules were either okay or should go further than they’re currently at.
In spite of Americans’ opinions — and going against what many experts say should happen — Trump nevertheless seems determined to “reopen” the country’s economy.
“You know, we’ve become very good at this, when you look at what’s happening, when you look at the numbers coming down. A lot of states are in really great shape,” Trump said on Tuesday.
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Chris Walker is a freelance writer based out of Madison, Wisconsin. A millennial with more than a decade of journalism experience, Chris aims to provide readers with the latest and most accurate news of national importance. Chris likes to spend his free time doing activities in his community with his family.