Approximately 52 percent of Americans think President Donald Trump‘s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been either “bad” or “terrible” according to a new poll.
The polling firm Atlas Intel interviewed 1,726 likely voters between October 26 and 28, asking them, “How do you evaluate President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic?”
While 48 percent of all respondents answered “terrible” and 5 percent answered “bad,” 21 percent answered “good” and a remaining 25 percent answered “excellent.”
Breakout data showed that 88 percent of Republicans answered either “good” or “excellent” whereas 93 percent of Democrats answered either “bad” or “terrible.” Independents were split amongst positive and negative responses by a margin of 47 to 52 percent. While 60 percent of women answered negatively, 53 percent of men answered positively.
The poll has a 2 percent margin of error.
The poll also asked respondents about who they’ll vote for in the upcoming election, their overall approval of Trump’s job as president, their fear of contracting COVID-19, whether they’re more afraid of the epidemic’s impact on people or the economy, whether they think the pandemic is improving or worsening and whether they think social distancing measures should be strengthened or relaxed.
While 46.2 percent of respondents said they planned to vote for Trump in the upcoming election, 50.9 percent said they’d vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Support for Biden decreased among respondents with higher incomes and increased among respondents who were non-white.
About 46 percent of respondents said they approved of Trump’s job as president and roughly 52 percent said they disapproved.
Only 39.7 percent of respondents said they weren’t afraid of contracting coronavirus, but 39.1 percent said they feared getting sick from it and 21.2 percent said they feared dying from it. While 87 percent of Democrats said they feared getting sick or dying from COVID-19, only 31 percent of Republicans said they felt the same way.
When it came to COVID-19’s effects, 49.8 percent said they feared for people whose lives may be endangered and 41.5 percent said they feared more for the economy. Republicans feared more for the economy than for people’s lives by a margin of 63 to 22 percent, and Democrats feared more for people than for the economy by a margin of 75 to 19 percent.
About 48 percent of respondents felt the pandemic is worsening, and 39.3 percent felt it’s improving. When asked whether social distancing measures should be changed, 40 percent felt they should be strengthened, 34 percent said they should be relaxed and 23.8 percent said they should remain unchanged.
The ongoing coronavirus epidemic could play an important role in the 2020 election. Poll results released in August by the Pew Research Center showed that 62 percent of voters were concerned about the coronavirus epidemic. Comparatively, about 79 percent of voters said they were concerned about the economy.
Newsweek contacted the Trump campaign for comment.
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