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Trump Disapproval Jumps To Record High Amid Coronavirus Pandemic



As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 60 percent of Americans disapprove of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll released Friday found that the president’s disapproval rating on his handling of the pandemic is up from 53 percent in May and 45 percent in March. The survey also found that only 38 percent of Americans approve of the president’s handling of the pandemic, down from 46 percent who said the same in May and 51 percent of respondents in March.

More than half of survey respondents, 52 percent, “strongly” disapprove of the president’s leadership amid the outbreak, marking an increase from 36 percent in March.

Trump’s ratings on his management of the pandemic have also dipped among groups that have been his strongest supporters.

Sixty-eight percent of white evangelical protestants approved of Trump’s handling of the pandemic, a 16-point drop, according to The Post. Fifty-six percent of white men without college degrees agreed, in addition to 48 percent of rural residents.

The majority of survey respondents also said that they do not trust what Trump says publicly about the outbreak. Over 6 in 10 said that they do not trust what the president says, which includes 2 in 3 political independents and approximately 3 in 10 Republicans.

The Post-ABC poll was conducted July 12-15 among a sample of 1,006 adults. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.5 percentage points.