Two in three Americans say Trump has not taken pandemic seriously enough: poll

Two in three Americans say Trump has not taken pandemic seriously enough: poll
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Approximately 2 in 3 Americans say in a new poll that President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE has not taken the coronavirus pandemic seriously enough.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Thursday found that 65 percent of respondents said that Trump has not taken the coronavirus seriously enough, while 32 percent said his reaction has been appropriate. Only 2 percent of Americans said they thought he has overreacted. 

Most Republicans consider his response appropriate, according to the poll, while large majorities of Democrats and independents say he did not treat the virus seriously enough. 


Two-thirds of respondents 66 percent also told pollsters they disapprove how Trump handled the outbreak in the U.S.

The survey of 1,121 adults conducted from Oct. 8 to 12, one week after the president disclosed that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans Petition calls for Jill Biden to undo Trump-era changes to White House Rose Garden Fox News's Bret Baier posts vaccination selfie MORE tested positive for COVID-19. Trump was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and discharged after three days. He was deemed able to resume public events by the White House physician last week and has already begun holding campaign rallies around the country. 

The poll found that 54 percent of respondents disapprove how the White House handled Trump’s diagnosis, compared to 26 percent who approve. 

Fifty-seven percent said they had little or no trust in the information from the administration about his coronavirus diagnosis, compared 19 percent saying they had a moderate amount of trust and 23 percent having a great deal of trust. 

The poll also found that 35 percent of Americans opposed the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Conservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation MORE to the Supreme Court, compared to 30 percent in favor. Thirty-four percent said they neither opposed it nor were in favor. 

Those findings were quite different from a Morning Consult-Politico poll released Wednesday that found that Barrett’s is supported by 48 percent of registered voters, while 31 percent say the Senate should vote her down.

The new survey's findings have a margin of error of 4 percentage points.