Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures — and to a certain extent, they also make for extraordinary bedfellows. The US and the states have locked themselves down to varying extents for more than a month, and one might think that would be long enough to develop some pushback against the restrictions. At the very least, the span might be long enough to return people to their normal political identities.
That could be true in regard to Donald Trump. In today’s poll from the Washington Post and University of Maryland, Trump’s approval rating on handling the coronavirus has more or less settled down to the same range as his overall approval ratings:
The public continues to have a somewhat negative view of Trump’s handling of the crisis, with 52 percent saying that the way he’s dealt with it is either “not so good” or “poor,” and 47 percent saying that the job he has done is “excellent” or “good.”
The president’s ratings are similar, though less clearly negative, than in the Post-U. Md. poll last week — 54 percent rated him negatively then, and slightly more rate him positively now, although the change is not statistically significant. This week’s survey was taken Tuesday through Sunday, overlapping Trump’s suggestion on Thursday that it would be worth exploring whether injecting disinfectant into people’s bodies could combat the virus. That remark prompted makers of disinfectants and public health units to warn people against doing so.
Partisan differences are especially sharp in the ratings of the president, with 9 in 10 Republicans saying he’s doing a good or excellent job compared with less than 2 in 10 Democrats. Independents rate him 54 percent negative and 45 percent positive. Among all registered voters, his ratings are 54 percent negative and 45 percent positive.