A majority of Americans approve of the way President Donald Trump has handled the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll has found.
The survey published on Tuesday by progressive polling group Navigator revealed that 52 percent of registered voters approved of Trump’s actions around the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Three-in-ten told pollsters they “strongly” approved of his handling of the pandemic, while a further 22 percent said they “somewhat” approved.
By comparison, a little more than four-in-ten (42 percent) said they either “strongly” or “somewhat” disapproved of the president’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democrat and Republican voters took predictable stances on President Trump’s handling of COVID-19’s spread, but a plurality of polled Independent voters (45 percent) said they approved of his response as 38 percent disapproved.
Asked who they trusted more to handle the coronavirus pandemic, 45 percent of all polled voters favored Trump while just 39 percent put greater faith in congressional Democrats.
The commander-in-chief also polled well on the economy despite markets being rocked and unemployment claims spiking amid coronavirus shut downs. More than half of voters (53 percent) approved of his handling of the economy while 43 percent said they disapproved.
But when asked how much they approved of his record on healthcare, a plurality of 48 percent disapproved of Trump’s performance.
Forty-six percent of voters also said they put greater trust in congressional Democrats on the issue, while just 37 percent favored the president.
Navigator conducted its new poll between March 20 and March 23, interviewing 1,038 registered voters.
The survey’s results were released a day after Senate Democrats blocked a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package for a second time on Monday, prompting Trump to accuse them of playing “partisan games” while stalling relief for American workers.
“Congress must demonstrate the same bi-partisanship again, and join together to pass the Senate bill as written, and avoid playing any more partisan games,” he said on Monday.
“This should not be a time for political agendas, but rather one for focusing solely and squarely on the needs of the American people.”
The package put forward in the Senate bill would see Americans provided with individual checks that originally ranged from around $1,200 for single people and $2,400 for partners. Small business loans and bailout funds for travel sector businesses are also included in the emergency proposal.
But Democratic lawmakers have taken issue with a $500 billion “slush fund” for corporations that they believe does not come with necessary oversight and rules on how the money should and should not be spent.
Speaking to NPR on Monday about her decision to vote against the stimulus proposal, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said: “The taxpayer has a right to know that if the Trump administration wants to hand out $450 billion in a bailout to giant corporations, then by golly, they have a right to know that that money is going to help workers, not to increase executives’ compensation or to boost returns to shareholders.”
She also argued that the bill had “no meaningful requirement that companies maintain payroll” or strong restrictions on executives using public money for stock buybacks.
In spite of the $2 trillion being blocked in Congress, markets in Europe and Asia rallied on Tuesday morning after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a raft of plans for buoying the American economy and pledged to use “its full range of tools to support households, businesses, and the U.S. economy overall in this challenging time.”
The boost to markets also came after President Trump said on Monday that American economy “was not built to be shut down” and indicated that it would “soon be open for business.”