President Donald Trump failed to convince U.S. voters outside his hardcore supporters that he’s the best choice to lead the country as his favorability stayed flat after the Republican National Convention. In fact, the president’s favorability among Republicans dropped 4 percentage points since the event, a poll released Sunday found.
According to a new ABC News-Ipsos poll, a vast majority of the country continues to view his handling of the COVID-19 crisis negatively, with just 31 percent of respondents having a favorable view of Trump after the GOP convention. The number represents no significant change from his 32 percent favorability a week prior after the Democratic National Convention.
Trump and his supporters sought to convey the administration’s coronavirus response positively during the GOP convention. But the percentage of respondents who said they disapprove of the president’s oversight of the pandemic — 63 percent — has remained steady since mid-July.
Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s favorability remained higher than his unfavorability, at 46 percent and 40 percent, respectively, despite Republican efforts during the convention to paint him as a dangerous candidate.
Unlike Trump, the former vice president experienced a 5 percentage point boost in favorability in the week after the Democratic convention. He also saw a 7 percentage point increase in favorability among Democrats after the convention.
A majority of respondents — 53 percent — said they approved of the Democrats’ messaging and programming, compared with 37 percent who said the same about the Republican convention. A total of 59 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the RNC convention.
The ABC News-Ipsos poll was conducted between Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. The margin of error amounted to 3.9 percentage points.