A new CBS/YouGov poll asked Democrats who they trust for information on the coronavirus pandemic. Their answers are instructive: the CDC 87%, your governor 75%, the media 72%, friends and family 72%, religious leaders 44%, President Trump 14%.
Compare that to the answers of Republicans: President Trump 90%, the CDC 84%, friends and family 81%, religious leaders 71%, your governor 65%, the media 13%.
After three-plus years of consistently negative approval ratings, President Donald Trump is getting better marks for his handling of the still-fledgling coronavirus outbreak ravaging the nation.
But Trump’s higher job ratings from Americans are just relative: Voters are still mostly split on how he’s handling the pandemic, and the past two weeks have brought only a modest bump in his overall approval numbers, which still show more Americans disapprove of his performance as president than approve.
In a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, a quarter of voters surveyed said Trump is doing an “excellent” job handling the virus, and another 17 percent said he is doing a “good” job. But almost as many, 39 percent, said he’s doing a “poor” job, and 13 percent rate his handling of the crisis as “just fair.”
Those numbers are statistically unchanged from last week’s survey and match the results of other public polls, which show Americans divided along partisan lines in judging Trump’s handling of the virus.
The latest poll numbers come at a pivot point for Trump, who is considering loosening some of the constraints placed on American’s public and economic lives to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus — even as public-health officials warn that the U.S. is falling behind in its containment efforts despite the actions already taken. Meanwhile, Americans are growing more supportive of aggressive containment measures like quarantines…