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President Trump As Popular As He’s Ever Been

SourceCNN.com

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

Here’s an indisputable fact: President Donald Trump is as popular today as he has been since his first day in office.

In a new Gallup poll, 49% approve of the job Trump is doing as president while 45% disapprove, matching the highest his approval rating has ever been in Gallup surveys.

A Monmouth University poll released on Monday showed Trump at 46% approval, again the best he has done in that poll in more than three years.

What accounts for Trump’s rise? Simple: His response to the coronavirus crisis.

In the Gallup poll, 60% of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing in handling the crisis while 38% disapprove of how he has done. Six in 10 independents approve of how Trump has done on the coronavirus as do more than 1 in 4 (27%) of Democrats.

In the Monmouth poll, 50% say Trump has done a good job with coronavirus while 45% said he has done a bad job.

The heightened approval for how Trump has managed this crisis — particularly among independents and even Democrats — is what is pushing up his overall approval numbers, which have been largely stagnant for years.

On one level, this isn’t terribly surprising. Polling consistently shows a rallying effect around the president when major crises face the country.

In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, for example, President George W. Bush’s approval rating soared into the high 80s and low 90s.

There’s a tendency for even partisans of the opposite party from the president to soften a bit in their perception of him as we are reminded of our common humanity and the need for our leaders to, well, lead us out of crisis.

On another, however, Trump’s high approval ratings for how he has dealt with coronavirus and how he is handling the job more broadly might well shock people who have been keeping close track of his and his administration’s performance on the pandemic.

After all, it’s quite clear that the administration simply didn’t take the threat of coronavirus seriously enough soon enough.

And the testing capabilities for coronavirus in the US were decidedly slow. And Trump’s public statements have been marked by inaccurate claims (the test is “perfect”, the vaccine is coming fast, etc).

But what the Gallup and Monmouth numbers seem to suggest is that either a) people aren’t following every single statement made by Trump on this matter or b) they don’t hold him personally responsible for the hiccups along the way.

The average person seems to broadly believe that Trump is doing the best that he can in a very difficult circumstance.

And that what he says on a daily basis matters less than the fact he is out there saying it, and assuring the country that this will all be over soon. (Nota bene: There’s very little medical evidence to suggest Trump’s optimism is rooted in established facts.)

It’s important to keep this perspective in mind when analyzing the political impact this massive campaign of social distancing has as the medical world battles the virus.

A large number of Americans are looking at Trump’s behavior not from the 50-foot or even 500-foot level but the 50,000-foot level.

And at least so far, they like what they are seeing.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Most Americans have to wear glases because they cant see most Americans believe their country is the best in the world.most Americans believe they are the smartest people on the planet.The truth is that their country has the biggest debt in the world,they love cocaine and all other kind of drugs,and they get hooked with any dumb preacher that stands on a pulpit,they are not intrested in their own politics They are extremelly ignorant about the rest of the world and the way it goes And they voted for a moranic idiot that has embarrased America,but the red necks still believe he is the saviour.And the red necks love beer,gasoline and Harley bikes do drugs steal and ride live in a trailer or tent they will never own a piece of land,just ride and waste their lives and never get an honest job.

    • I hardly ever respond to online post…I find that they bring out the stupidity in most people…but sir I must say you win the award for the most retarded..ignorant…hateful and bigoted statement that I have heard in a while..If you think that this is a true characterization of the majority of Americans your bring disgrace to yourself and your family..please stop calling yourself a fisherman you are embarrassing them..its obvious you have never traveled to the USA or owned a television set

  2. Its because I have lived there and I have family there that I say these words you go to the country side and the out skirts of the big cities You dont like to accept the reality The smartest people are the asians then the latinos the rest way behind papi.

  3. “common sense”, you took the words right out of my mouth, i am also impressed with your nonresponse to fisherman’s retort, himself and people like him dont have the mental capacity to comprehend anything other than their misguided ideas and are is too emotionally invested in them to understand reason, its a poignant reality that i have come to terms with

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