Majority of Americans Disapprove of Trump’s Handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic; Support Their Governors


81% of New York residents approve of  Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus

According to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll:

  • 43% of Americans approve of how Trump is handling the coronavirus. 56% disapprove.
  • 71% of Americans approve of how their state’s governor is handling the coronavirus. 27% disapprove
  • 42% of Americans believe that Trump is doing enough to ensure more people can return to work safely. 57% believe he is not doing enough.
  • 69% of Americans believe that their state’s governor is doing enough to ensure more people can return to work safely. 31% believe that their state’s governor is not doing enough.
  • 84% of Americans believe that their governor is either lifting of stay-at-home restrictions too quickly (28%) or handling the lifting of stay-at-home activities in a fashion that is “about right” (56%).
  • 74% of Americans believe that “The U.S. should keep trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus, even if that means keeping many businesses closed.”
  • How are  laid-off workers and those who leave home to go to work finding aid: 61% are getting a relief payment or check from the federal government. (38% have not yet received such aid). 26% are getting help from their families.  23% are getting unemployment assistance. 14% are getting food stamps. Only 6% is getting  help from a charity or religious group.

Governors: (I have added the percentage of votes these governors received in the last gubernatorial election).

Some conclusions:

  1. People trust their governors more than they trust Trump
  2. Most Americans are getting relief from the federal government.  Very few are getting relief from churches and charities.
  3. Most Americans would rather stay-at-home longer if “opening-up” will cause continued spread of the virus.
  4. The governors Trump has recently criticized (Whitmer and Wolf especially) have huge support among the people of their states.
  5. Most governors (with the exceptions of Abbott and Kemp) have approval ratings well-above the percentage of votes they received in their last election victory.  I know this is not a perfect comparison, but it does seem to suggest that these governors are winning the support of residents who did not vote for them in the last gubernatorial election.