Trump's polling bump was easy come, easy go

An ABC News/Ipsos poll from Friday also found the bump had disappeared in two weeks’ time, with a 55% majority that had been approving now down to 47%. New CNN polling shows the six-point approval margin Trump held in mid-March for his pandemic response is down to one point now, essentially a split opinion. A Politico/Morning Consult poll shows the net approval of the president’s management of the response dropping seven points since March 20.

A Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape poll conducted March 19-26 found that the voters boosting Trump’s approval were independents and Democrats not likely to vote for him in November, and that their approval of Trump’s management of the crisis had not weakened support for Joe Biden or his advantage over Trump.

Robert Griffin, a political scientist and research director at the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, described the rally as “almost aspirational,” a reaction from voters to a crisis and not necessarily an approval of the response. The results, Griffin said, show “people want to approve of their leader. … It’s human and hopeful.”