By the numbers: 26% of Americans said the federal government’s handling of the virus is better than it was at the beginning, but 46% say it’s actually gotten worse (and another 27% saw no change), for a net deficit of 20 percentage points.
Barely half of Republicans said the federal government’s handling has improved while one in five said it has gotten worse. Only one in 10 Democrats and one in four independents said it improved.
Those sentiments fit with other measures in the survey: 62% said the federal government is making the country’s recovery worse, an assessment essentially unchanged since the summer. And just one-third of respondents trust the federal government to provide them with accurate information about the virus.