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Disapproval of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has hit the highest point yet in our tracking; the public is bothered by the death toll and few Americans view his response as “compassionate.”

Key takeaway Disapproval of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has hit the highest point yet in our tracking; The share of Americans who say Trump’s response is compassionate has fallen to a new low, particularly among African Americans; Americans see the high death toll and a study finding 36,000 lives might have been saved with quicker action as evidence Trump made the outbreak worse than it needed to be.

Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,007 registered voters conducted May 28-June 1, 2020.

Key takeaways

  • Disapproval of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has hit the highest point yet in our tracking.
  • The share of Americans who say Trump’s response is compassionate has fallen to a new low, particularly among African Americans.
  • Americans see the high death toll and a study finding 36,000 lives might have been saved with quicker action as evidence Trump made the outbreak worse than it needed to be.

Trump’s Pandemic Disapproval Continues to Rise

Nearly six in 10 Americans now disapprove of the way that Trump is handling the coronavirus pandemic, the highest yet in our tracking.

  • 47% of Americans say they “strongly disapprove” of Trump’s handling.
  • Only half (50%) of Republicans say they “strongly approve” of Trump’s handling.

Trump’s Coronavirus Response: Self-Absorbed & Uncompassionate

The majority of Americans say that negative words, including self-absorbed, unprepared, chaotic, irresponsible, and negligent, apply to Donald Trump’s response to coronavirus, while less than half say positive words apply.

  • The majority of independents (54%) and nearly half the public overall (47%) say that “self-absorbed” very much applies to Trump’s response.

Steep Decline in African American Perceptions of “Compassion”

African Americans are especially likely to say ”compassionate” does not apply to Donald Trump’s response to coronavirus, though there has also been a decline among white Americans saying “compassionate” applies.

  • There’s been a net shift of 32 points among African Americans (-38 to -70) in the last two weeks.

Lack of Early Action Underscores How Trump Worsened Pandemic

Only about half of Americans have heard about a Columbia University study that found 36,000 lives might have been saved if Trump had acted more quickly on social distancing, but when they do hear about it, most believe this information reveals a failure by Trump.

Uniquely High Death Toll Raises More Concern than High Infection Rate

While highlighting the high rates of infection in the United States still concerns Americans, more are concerned by Trump’s handling resulting in far more people dying in the United States than in other countries.

  • This comes as more than one in ten Americans (13%) say they know someone who has lost their life to the virus.

How It Got This Bad: Ignoring Early Warnings, Failing to Develop a Strategy

The public sees Trump’s ignoring of early warnings, cutting programs at the CDC, and failing to develop a national strategy as actions that made the impacts of the pandemic worse.

Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,007 registered voters conducted May 28-June 1, 2020.

Key takeaways

  • Nearly half of Americans strongly disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, and two-thirds say the country is on the wrong track.
  • African Americans are most likely to believe the worst is yet to come in the pandemic and have faced an especially high rate of infection.
  • A majority are more worried about social distancing ending too soon and feel that Trump is moving too quickly to reopen.

“Wrong Track” at New High

Two-thirds of Americans say that things are “off on the wrong track,” an increase of five points since last week.

  • African Americans (85%), younger Americans ages 18-34 (73%), and Americans that live in urban areas (69%) are particularly likely to say that things are off on the wrong track.
  • Among independents, the share has grown 7 points since last week (from 67% to 73%).

Majority Disapprove of How Trump Handling His Job

Trump’s overall job approval remains underwater, as a majority of Americans (55%) disapprove of how he’s handling his job.

  • Nearly half of the country (46%) says they “strongly disapprove” of how Trump is handling his job, the highest in our tracking.

On Coronavirus, Americans Hearing About Trump Not Wearing a Mask & Pushing to Quickly Reopen Country

Since last week, negative conversation around Trump’s handling has shifted away from him taking unproven drugs and has instead centered around his refusal to wear a mask and him pushing to quickly reopen the country.

Coronavirus Has Had Disproportionate Impact on African American Community

Nearly a quarter of African Americans know someone who has lost their life to coronavirus, while nearly two in five know someone who has been infected.

  • In a separate question, more African Americans are worried about their family’s health and well-being over their personal financial situation (78%) than the public overall (72%).

African Americans More Likely to Believe “Worst is Yet to Come” & Coronavirus is “Major Crisis”

Nearly two in three African Americans think the worst is yet to come, 14 points higher than the country overall.

  • African Americans are also 8 points more likely to consider the coronavirus pandemic a “major crisis.”

African Americans More Concerned About Health Impacts

African Americans are more worried than the public overall on a number of health-related issues, including a second wave of the outbreak, other people not following precautions, and either getting infected or someone close to them getting infected.

  • 60% of African Americans say they are “very worried” about a ”second wave” and others ignoring precautions.

Majority Want Caution on Reopening

A majority of Americans consider themselves to be on the more cautious side about reopening.

  • Republicans are driving the share that support the country reopening in the next few weeks (65% support) and who are on the side to push to reopen over being cautious about reopening (42% pushing to reopen).

Nearly Two Thirds More Concerned Social Distancing Will End Too Soon

More than six in 10 Americans say they are concerned that social distancing will end too soon and prolong the pandemic, an increase of five points since mid-May.

Plurality Believe Democrats Getting Reopening Right, Trump and Republicans Moving Too Quick

A plurality of Americans say Democrats are “getting the timing about right on reopening,” while nearly three in five say Trump is moving too quickly to reopen, and nearly half say the same about Republicans in Congress.

  • Among independents, 62% feel that Trump is moving too quickly to reopen and 40% feel the same about Republicans in Congress.

Top Concerns: Ignoring Experts & Cutting Health Care

Americans are most concerned by Trump ignoring the advice of medical experts pushing to cut health care.

  • Among those mixed on Trump*, top concerns include his downplaying the risk early on (45%), blaming others (43%), and ignoring experts (40%).

Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted May 21-25, 2020.

Key takeaways

  • A key group of Americans – those who disapprove of Trump overall, but approve of him on the economy – strongly disapprove of how Trump is handling the pandemic.
  • Americans are nostalgic for the pre-crisis economy, but feel Trump is not doing enough to help regular people, and that his mistakes have made the economy worse.
  • Most Americans support measures allowing “safe voting.”

Trump’s Approvals Remain Underwater; Public More Split on Economic Handling

Trump’s approval ratings on four metrics related to the coronavirus pandemic continue to drop.

  • Among independents, Trump’s at -29 on his overall job approval (31% approve/60% disapprove), -29 on health care (25% approve/54% disapprove), -11 on handling the pandemic (36% approve/47% disapprove), and -1 on the economy (44% approve/45% disapprove).

Profiling “Conflicted” Americans Who Approve of Trump on Economy, But Not Overall

Using 7,000+ interviews conducted over the last month, we again looked at “Conflicted” Americans – 7% of the public who disapprove of Trump overall, but approve of his economic handling.

  • This is a key group of the public who hold mixed partisan attitudes – 36% voted for Clinton in 2016, 34% voted for Trump, 10% voted 3rd party, and 21% didn’t vote. At the same time, nearly half (48%) identify as moderate.

Democrats More Trusted on Responding to Economic Impact

Democrats in Congress hold an advantage over Trump on trust to respond to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to make decisions about when and how to reopen the country.

  • While independents trust Democrats somewhat more on looking out for working people (+6), they are split on who to trust to be honest with the public (+1) and responding to the economic impact of the pandemic (-3).

Some Nostalgia Exists for Pre-Crisis Economy…

Roughly half say the economy was working before the crisis. Half also find Trump’s economic message to be a convincing reason why he is prepared to handle the recovery.

…But Majority Agree Trump Isn’t Doing Enough to Help Regular People & Made Mistakes That Hurt the Economy

Majorities believe Trump is not doing enough to help regular people and get the country back on track, and that he made early mistakes that made our economic problems worse than they needed to be.

Voters More Concerned About Trump Prolonging Economic Crisis Than Economic Damage Done So Far

Nearly two in three Americans say they are more concerned about Trump reopening the country too quickly and prolonging the virus, making the economic situation worse, than about economic damage already done.

Top Economic Concerns: Trump’s Early Mistakes, Ignoring Economists, Favoring the Wealthy & Corporations

When presented with a series of criticisms about Trump’s approach to the economic recovery, early mistakes, ignoring economists who say more government action is needed, and corporate bailouts raise the most serious concerns.

Nearly Unanimous Favorability Toward the USPS

Nine in ten Americans have favorable views of the United States Postal Service.

  • Across party lines, the USPS enjoys at least four in five saying that they are favorable to the USPS, including 86% of Republicans.

Broad Support For Expanding Voting Access

Despite narratives of voter fraud and other unproven criticisms of expanding voting access, more than two in three Americans support allowing people to vote at different times at polls in-person, funding the USPS to ensure mail-in ballots have no issues, making Election Day a national holiday, and other measures.

Trump Threats on Vote By Mail Fall Flat

Most Americans oppose Trump’s threat to withhold federal funding to states that expand mail voting.

  • Even among Republicans, support for Trump’s position is only at 56%. Among Republicans who watch Fox News, it’s at 66%.

“Safe Voting” More Compelling than “Voter Reforms”

While more than half of Americans say reforming voting as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is more important than preventing voter fraud, more than three in five choose ensuring safe voting over preventing fraud.

  • Even among Republicans, nearly two in five (37%) choose ensuring safe voting over preventing voter fraud.