(UPDATE: Four polls) Three polls released this week show a majority of Americans approve of President Trump’s handling of the Chinese coronavirus #COVID-19 pandemic that originated in the Hubei province city of Wuhan last November. The virus has infected people around the globe with a virulence that has prompted an unprecedented worldwide response.
President Trump addresses the nation on the coronavirus, March 11, screen image.
An ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday shows Trump with a 55 percent approval, reported ABC News:
“A new ABC News/Ipsos poll out Friday morning found 55% approval of Trump’s handling of the novel coronavirus crisis, with 43% disapproval. Exactly a week ago, the same poll found a 43-54 approval-disapproval — a near-mirror-image reversal.”
The Harris Poll released Thursday shows a 53 percent approval for Trump’s handling the virus, an increase from 49 percent from last week’s Harris poll.
A Survey USA poll released Thursday has Trump with 51 percent approval for his handling of the virus.
Americans nationwide today give President Donald Trump a Plus 11 Net Virus Grade, according to SurveyUSA’s latest time-series tracking poll conducted 03/18/20 and 03/19/20. 51% of adults nationwide approve of the way Trump is responding to the virus, including 25% who “strongly approve.” 40% disapprove of Trump’s response, including 25% who “strongly disapprove.” In an identical SurveyUSA poll 1 week ago, Trump was Net Zero; 46% approved (including 22% who strongly approved); 46% disapproved (including 32% who “strongly disapproved”), a strong, 11-point week-on-week improvement. SurveyUSA exclusive time-series tracking data available here.
UPDATE: A Morning Consult poll released Friday afternoon show Trump with 53 percent approval for his handling of the coronavirus:
…The uptick was largely driven by 8-point bumps in approval among Democrats (from 18 percent to 26 percent) and independents (from 43 percent to 51 percent), while positive sentiment among GOP voters rose from 83 percent to 87 percent.
Trump spent much of the week in front of the cameras, urging Americans to remain distant from each other and signing a bill into law that would increase access to testing…