The new Washington Post/ABC survey becomes the latest polling series to show Americans rallying to Donald Trump in the coronavirus crisis. The president gets the highest overall approval rating of his term, and a majority now approve of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two-thirds of Americans have some or high confidence in the government’s ability to manage it, even while 77% say their lives have been significantly disrupted by the pandemic:
Today, weeks into the crisis, Trump receives more positive ratings for the way he is handling the pandemic and his overall duties as the nation’s chief executive.
His job approval rating stands at 48 percent positive and 46 percent negative among all adults, up from 43 percent positive and 53 percent negative in February. That is the highest approval rating of his presidency in Post-ABC surveys and the first time his overall rating is net positive.
On the specific question of how well he has dealt with the coronavirus problem, 51 percent say they approve and 45 percent disapprove. A CNN-SSRS poll taken about three weeks ago found only 41 percent approving and 48 percent disapproving.
How do we know that the rally effect has boosted Trump’s approval ratings? For one thing, his initial response gets a 38/58 on whether he acted fast enough. His current positive approval ratings suggest that voters don’t care much about rehashing that — as long as Trump continues to focus seriously on the pandemic now. Also, the boost in this iteration comes from Democrats and other demographics not normally inclined to support Trump: