CNN poll: Majority of Americans say Trump and task force are failing at fighting COVID-19

April 10, 2020

As President Donald Trump continues to urge reporters to congratulate him on the “great job” he is doing in responding to coronavirus—rather than to question him on the government’s failures—a majority of Americans now disapprove of his handling of the crisis, according to a new CNN poll.

The poll found that 52% disapprove of the way Trump is handling the crisis, while 45% approve. This marks an uptick from the same poll in early March, when  41% approved and 48% disapproved, Business Insider reports..

Meanwhile, a majority of Americans (55%) also now say that the federal government has done a poor job in preventing the spread of the virus —and 55% also feel that Trump could be doing more to fight the pandemic. 

Trump ignored multiple warnings of a potential pandemic, and downplayed the threat of the virus for weeks–even months, if the ABC News reports on intelligence on the pandemic breaking as far back as November 2019 are to be considered.

Just four weeks ago, on March 9, Trump tweeted, “The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant.”

The president has repeatedly said that he’s done a great job managing the crisis, even as the death toll continues to rise.

The federal government has struggled to recover from early stumbles, particularly in terms of testing for the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out faulty test kits in February, which put the United States way behind the curve, Business Insider says. Although testing capacity has increased, America still does not have a robust system to test people for the virus and gain a full picture of the spread.

In an effort to shift responsibility, the president has shifted decision-making on the pandemic to the states and their governors.

“States are supposed to be doing testing. Hospitals are supposed to be doing testing,” Trump said on Monday. “We’re the federal government. We’re not supposed to be standing on street corners doing testing. They go to doctors. They go to hospitals.”

Research contact: @businessinsider

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