A few ago, according to an average of several polls, President Donald Trump hit his highest approval rating since taking office at 47 percent. The American public even approved of how he was handling the coronavirus pandemic, with Gallup reporting that 60 percent of those surveyed said they were pleased with how Trump was performing in response to the virus.
What a difference a few weeks can make, especially with over 16,000 Americans dead from the dreaded disease and 10 percent of the U.S. workforce filing for unemployment.
A poll from Monmouth University shows that Donald Trump’s approval ratings have cratered yet again, and most Americans say they don’t trust the president to protect them or keep them safe from the dangers which face the nation.
Among the highlights of the Monmouth poll which spell trouble for Trump:
- Americans have become more negative on the president’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, with 46% saying he has done a good job and 49% saying he has done a bad job. Just over two weeks ago, he received marginally positive reviews of 50% good job and 45% bad job.
- Trump’s overall job rating has also ticked down, now standing at 44% approve and 49% disapprove.
Also, 55 percent of those surveyed said the federal government is “not doing enough to help states that have been hit hard by the outbreak.” That number led Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, to remark:
“Most Americans disagree with the Trump administration’s position that the federal government is a backup to the states. The public seems to view this as a national crisis that requires a national response on par with the aggressive approach taken by the states.”
But the most terrifying number for Trump as he seeks to try and secure a second term in office is what’s often called the “reelect number” in which people say whether they think the country is on the right or wrong track. Those results suggest that the president is in deep trouble, with only 30 percent saying the U.S. is on the right track and 61 percent saying the nation is on the wrong track. Numbers like that tend to suggest a wave election in which the incumbent loses by a landslide.
It’s still a long way to November. But right now Trump is, as the old saying goes, way behind the eight ball.