Poll: Approval of Trump's handling of pandemic rises as cases decline

Trump has seen a modest uptick in sentiment toward his handling of the crisis since posting in the late July survey his worst coronavirus approval ratings (36 percent approval versus 59 percent disapproval) since Morning Consult began weekly tracking in February. Thirty-nine percent of voters in the latest poll approved of the way he’s tackled the spread of the virus, while 55 percent did not — figures that are within the margin of error of the previous week’s poll, when 40 percent approved and 54 percent disapproved.

This progress for the president, albeit slight and uneven, appears to be driven by movement among GOP voters and independents, who may be migrating back to the president’s corner after deserting him earlier this summer.

And while independents are decreasingly likely to say they disapprove of Trump’s handling of COVID-19, they haven’t necessarily moved into the “approve” column either: Most of that shift was fueled by an increase of unsure responses.