A Gallup survey conducted April 14-28 found that 49% of adults approve of the president’s job, up from 43% two weeks ago, thanks to a bounce in support among independents.
The poll skewed dramatically along party lines, with ninety-three percent of Republicans and 8% of Democrats approving of the job Trump is doing.
“Most of the variation in Trump’s recent job approval rating is among independents,” said Gallup. “In the current poll, 47% of independents approve of the job he is doing as president, the highest Gallup has measured for the group to date.”
Half of Americans approve of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic while 48% disapprove, but the percentage of Americans saying the coronavirus situation is getting worse is now down to 38%, from 56% in early April.
The polling bounce comes after days of gloating in the media that Trump was taking a hit in recent surveys over his handling of the pandemic. They claimed that his daily White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings were hurting him. CNN pundits like Gloria Borger described them as “long and freewheeling” and “one day he would just say something completely off the wall and off the rails.”
The media tried to shatter the confidence of the public by creating an uproar with a fake story that Trump was urging Americans to inject themselves with disinfectant and drink bleach to treat coronavirus. They butchered and deliberately distorted statements the president made at a press conference last Thursday about results from tests by the Department of Homeland Security. Americans clearly know better than to believe statements coming from the vile, partisan, unprofessional and propagandist press corps.
The U.S. has over 1 million coronavirus cases with over 63,000 deaths. A large portion of the cases are centered on three states. New York is the epicenter of the outbreak with over 18,000 deaths. State officials botched the response as the virus spread in January, delaying school closings and urging New Yorkers to go about their normal lives. New York State, Connecticut and New Jersey have accounted for around 50% of all U.S. cases, nearly 60% of all deaths from COVID-19.
Democrats have also been accusing the president of pushing to restart the economy too soon. They argue that not enough testing kits have been made available to the states through a more unified federal response.
Trump has insisted “we have done great on testing,” tweeting Friday, ”Cryin’ Chuck Schumer was on a late night show using a false talking point over & over again. ‘We don’t have enough testing,’ he would repeat, when he knows we have done a great job on Testing, just like we have on Ventilators and everything else. He lied, gave NY SALT.”
Trump encouraged progressive New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to challenge Schumer for his Senate seat. “Cryin Chuck Schumer, compared to what other Senators have brought home to their states, has brought very little back to N.Y.,” Trump wrote. “A totally overrated loser, the one thing he has given them is SALT. He never even called me to stop it. No wonder Cuomo & most others can’t stand him. AOC!” he tweeted.
Many states are moving toward reopening after federal social distancing guidelines expired Thursday. There are early signs that death counts may be leveling off, as the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths plateaus.
The president’s odds for reelection likely hinge on his continued strong management of the crisis and the economy, which will hopefully rebound by November.