When it comes to handling the coronavirus, just 38% approve of the job done by the president, who has been criticized for downplaying the disease and sending mixed messages about how to control it, That’s lower than his 48% approval rating in handling the economy and his 44% job-approval rating overall.
Trump may have paid a price for continuing to hold massive campaign rallies where most of his supporters don’t wear face masks and none of them are socially distant from others, as epidemiologists advise. Nearly 6 in 10 of those surveyed, 59%, disapprove of Trump’s decision to go ahead with his signature rallies despite the pandemic. Trump himself caught the coronavirus, as have more than a dozen members of his inner circle.
In contrast, more than 6 in 10, 64%, approve of Biden’s decision not to hold large rallies because of COVID-19. Trump has repeatedly mocked Biden for wearing face masks and campaigning “from his basement” in Wilmington, Delaware. Three people associated with the Biden campaign have tested positive for the virus.