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  • Fifty percent of Americans say Trump has done a good job in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, while 45 percent say he has not.
  • Seventy-two percent of the public approve of their governor’s response to the outbreak, compared to just 18 percent who say their governor has done a bad job.
  • The opinion of how the president has dealt with the outbreak fell sharply along party lines.

A new poll shows governors around the country are getting better marks than President Trump overall in their handling of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The survey from Monmouth University found 50 percent of Americans say Trump has done a good job handling the outbreak, while 45 percent say he has done a bad job. Trump’s overall job rating has improved slightly since last month as well, though it remains underwater. 

In comparison, 72 percent of the public says their state’s governor has done a good job in handling the outbreak, compared to just 18 percent of those who say their governor has done a bad job. 

“The president gets more positive than negative marks for his handling of the COVID outbreak, but his numbers are still driven by the nation’s typical partisan divide,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

“Governors, on the other hand, seem to be emerging as the most trusted official voice in this crisis across the board,” he said. 

Opinions on how the president has dealt with the crisis have fallen sharply along party lines, with 89 percent of Republicans saying he’s doing a good job handling the outbreak and just 19 percent of Democrats agreeing. Among independents, 48 percent say Trump is doing a good job.


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Seventy-six percent of Democrats saying their governor is doing a good job and 73 percent of Republicans say the same. The poll found 67 percent of independents believe their governor is doing a good job. 

Meanwhile, just 38 percent of those polled believe the American public has done a good job in dealing with the outbreak, with 45 percent saying it has done a bad job. 

According to Johns Hopkins University data, more than 370,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide with more than 16,000 deaths. In the U.S., more than 41,000 cases have been confirmed with nearly 500 deaths.


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Published on Mar 23, 2020