Poll: 80 percent of African Americans say Trump has done 'fair' or 'poor' job handling coronavirus

Poll: 80 percent of African Americans say Trump has done 'fair' or 'poor' job handling coronavirus
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A majority of African Americans hold a negative view of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE and the federal government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, according to a new poll.

The poll from the African American Research Collaborative (AARC) commissioned by the NAACP found that 80 percent of surveyed black Americans held a "fair" or "poor" view of the way Trump has responded to the coronavirus outbreak, while 19 percent had a positive view.

The survey also found that 59 percent held a negative view about the federal government's response to the crisis, while 39 percent gave the federal response an "excellent" or "good" rating. By contrast, more than six in 10 respondents said they would give a positive rating to their governor and mayor.

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When asked further about how much they trust various news sources to present honest information about the pandemic, respondents were most likely to give high marks to doctors and nurses, as well as local health officials and black elected leaders. Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Health officials tell public to trust in science | Despair at CDC under Trump influence | A new vaccine phase 3 trial starts Health officials tell public to trust in science Fauci scolds Rand Paul during tense exchange at hearing MORE, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also scored high marks.

Asked to rank individuals or news sources on a scale of 1-10 measuring trustworthiness, Fauci scored 6.93 on average among poll respondents, far higher than Trump who sat at 3.05. Fox News scored 4.55 out of 10, while CNN and MSNBC scored 6.18 and 6.10, respectively.

Black Americans also indicated in the poll that they overwhelmingly believe anti-lockdown protesters have been treated well by law enforcement due to their race; 66 percent said that race was a factor in how demonstrators opposing stay-at-home measures have been treated by police.

AARC's national survey of 604 black Americans was conducted May 1-7 with a combination of online and over-the-phone responses. The margin of error is 3.9 percentage points.