Not good news at all, and it’s getting worse the closer it gets to the election. Any rally effect in the COVID-19 crisis has long since disappeared for Donald Trump, and opposition to his approach on the pandemic has hit new highs in the latest ABC/Washington Post poll. In mid-March, Trump held a narrowly positive rating (51/45) on handling the coronavirus, but four months later, he’s now at a dismal 38/60 — and 52% “strongly disapprove” of his efforts:
The Post-ABC poll shows 38 percent of Americans approve of his handling of the outbreak, down from 46 percent in May and 51 percent in March. Sixty percent disapprove, up from 53 percent in May and 45 percent in March.
More than half of the public — 52 percent — now disapproves “strongly” of Trump’s handling of the outbreak, roughly double the percentage who say they strongly approve of his efforts and an increase from 36 percent in strong disapproval since March.
On one hand, one could question whether this is just a function of pandemic fatigue. The consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak are hard on everyone and would tend to make everyone miserable, let alone the other issues plaguing us at the moment, pardon the pun. That would tend to get directed at current leadership regardless of how they perform their jobs. However, since neither leadership nor the pandemic will change much and Trump’s in charge, that’s really just an academic point. People are unhappy, and woe betide incumbents no matter how just that might be.