Approval of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has fallen to its lowest level since March, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. A sizeable majority of registered voters, 62%, say the president is hurting efforts to combat the virus, the poll finds. Just 31% say that Trump is helping in the fight against the virus, and 35% approve of the way he is handling the response to the pandemic.
Two-thirds of voters, 67%, say they do not trust the information the president is providing about the coronavirus.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll similarly finds that 37% of voters approve of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and 59% disapprove.
On the economy: Approval of Trump’s handling of the economy has also slipped to 44%, down from 52% in June. "Trump's strongest card, the economy, shredded by a killer virus, may have left the president with no go-to issue or trait to stave off defeat... not leadership, not empathy, not foreign policy, and certainly not his handling of COVID-19," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy. The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, by contrast, finds approval of Trump’s handling of the economy at 54%, a record high in that survey.
Overall approval falling: The Quinnipiac poll finds that 36% of voters approve of Trump’s overall job performance, a six-point drop since last month, while 60% disapprove. Trump’s net approval in the poll is his worst since August 2017. The poll has Joe Biden with a 15-point lead over Trump, 52% to 37%, compared to a 49%-41% edge last month. The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll put Trump’s overall approval at 42%, with 56% disapproving, his worst rating since April 2018.
The Quinnipiac survey of 1,273 self-identified registered voters was conducted from July 9-13 and has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points. The WSJ/NBC poll of 900 registered voters was conducted July 9–12 and has a margin of error of 3.27 points.