Inevitable, although one might have hoped that it would take a little longer than this. Donald Trump enjoyed a rally effect in polling on both overall job approval and in approval for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic early in the crisis. The White House hoped that his more serious tone and effective handling of the press in the early days would continue to impress voters enough to change the calculus of his political standing long enough to last at least through the election season.
Alas, it may not even outlast the flatten-the-curve campaign. Two new polls out this morning show Trump’s ratings flattening again on both questions as partisanship applies the normal floors and ceilings. First, ABC/Ipsos — which first detected Trump’s upward bounce — shows it deflating for the second week in a row:
Trump’s approval for his handling of the crisis continues to be underwater for back-to-back weeks. Last week, in a poll conducted from April 1 to 2, Trump’s approval sat at 47%, with disapproval at 52%. This week, disapproval among Americans is at 55%, with only 44% approving.
Those most recent numbers mirror attitudes towards his management of the crisis from the first ABC News/Ipsos poll on coronavirus, conducted from March 11 to 12, when 43% of Americans approved and 54% disapproved.
Partisanship also drives attitudes of the president’s handling of the outbreak. Among Democrats, only 10% approve of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus – nearly identical to last week’s 9% – which is also one third of the 30% of Democrats who said the same three weeks ago. Trump’s support among Republicans remains stable, with 89% giving him high marks, similar to last week’s 91%.
An overwhelming 90% of Democrats disapprove, similar to last week’s 91%, and 11% of Republicans disapproving, on par with last week’s 9%. Independents continue to trace the opinions of the country, with 43% approving and 57% disapproving.