The latest polls show that most Americans are impressed with President Donald Trump’s response and leadership through the global coronavirus pandemic.
Stomping out anti-Trump sentiment amidst crisis
According to recent approval figures published from Harris and Axios from a nationwide poll conducted between March 17 and 18, Americans are rallying behind the president in his handling of the nation’s affairs in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, as indicated below.
- Overall approval: 53%
- Handling COVID-19: 56%
- Stimulating jobs: 60%
- The economy: 60%
- Fighting terrorism 58%
- Immigration: 53%
- Foreign affairs: 52%
- Administrating the government: 51%
As Trump continues to take extreme measures to protect Americans from the spread of the coronavirus, many polls are showing a boost in his approval ratings, including ABC News/Ipsos poll results that were released Friday, showing that 55% of Americans give the president a thumbs-up regarding his management of the public health crisis, with only 43% disapproving. Just a week prior, only 43% approved with 54% disapproving- representing a 23-point shift for the better.
Why the turnaround?
After widespread criticism waged against the president by Democrats and the left-leaning mainstream media during his initial response to the pandemic, his numerous actions steps taken over the past week to combat the virus has brought him many accolades.
“Since last Friday, Trump has declared a national emergency, expanded the European travel ban, urged against group gatherings of more than 10 people, signaled his support for dispensing checks to affected Americans, and invoked the Defense Production Act — although he has stopped short of actually triggering the statute,” Politico reported. “The president has also often led the daily press briefings of the White House coronavirus task force, announcing new federal actions, taking questions from reporters and generally appearing more solemn regarding the nature of the threat facing the U.S.”
Even far-left state leaders – such as Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) – have landed on the same page with Trump regarding their takes on the proper handling of the pandemic … with both even giving him accolades.
“Governors on the front lines of the outbreak have praised the administration’s increased engagement, while still demanding a more robust, all-encompassing federal response and the delivery of sorely needed medical equipment in anticipation of the coronavirus’ overrunning of local health care systems,” the Politico report continued.
As many Americans soberly realize the coronavirus represents a life-and-death situation, a sense of unity that has been missing for some time is overtaking the division and polarizing that has swept the nation for more than a decade.
“First, a rally around the flag effect is underway,” Townhall pointed out. “This is a frightening national crisis – filled with widespread and genuinely disconcerting loss of life, uncertainty and hardship. Many people want their president to lead the country to the most successful conclusion possible, so they're rooting for him and giving him the benefit of the doubt. The typical, polarized partisanship of our political moment is somewhat on hold – for now.”
In addition, many have noticed a change in the president as a result of his immersion in the pandemic sweeping the U.S. and the world.
“Second, he's been a strong leader – especially this week, [and] once the proverbial switch flipped in Trump's mind that happy talk and boasting wasn't going to pan out – perhaps after being briefed on this British study – he's thrown all of his efforts at tackling this threat,” Townhall’s Matt Vespa commented. “His tone has improved dramatically, his substance has been much more on point, and he's doing his best to play nice with Democratic governors and the news media. Regardless of (valid and invalid) criticisms of his rhetoric and seriousness in the early days of the emerging pandemic, he's risen to the occasion of late, and people are noticing.”
Not out of the woods yet …
With America approaching 20,000 coronavirus cases and 300 deaths, the U.S. Senate is looking to finalize a $1 trillion economic stimulus bill.
Only behind China (81,000 cases and 3,200 deaths), Italy (47,000 cases and 4,000 deaths), Spain (2,500 cases and 1,300 deaths), Iran (21,000 cases and 1,600 deaths), Germany (21,000 cases and 200 deaths), the U.S. is number six in the world when it comes to COVID-19 infections, according to Worldometer, and as tests become more readily available, the number of infections and deaths is expected to continue to rise.
Worldwide, more than 280,000 have tested positive for the coronavirus, with the death toll approaching 12,000 victims.