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Most Americans give Trump high marks for his handling of coronavirus outbreak

President Donald j. Trump and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar meet with reporters Thursday, March 12, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

(USA Features) Two new polls released Tuesday show that most Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, even as his approval rating has gone up.

According to a CBS News poll, 54 percent of U.S. adults said they are “optimistic” about the Trump administration’s ability to handle the coronavirus outbreak; 89 percent of Republicans, 56 percent of independents and 25 percent of Democrats agree.



In all, 53 percent say President Trump has done a good job handling the coronavirus outbreak; 89 percent of Republicans, 54 percent of independents and 22 percent of Democrats agree.

The findings are similar to an ABC News survey released last week revealing that 55% of Americans approved of Mr. Trump’s response to the coronavirus crisis, the Washington Times reported.

Meanwhile, according to a Gallup survey, 49 percent of respondents gave the president a positive approval rating compared to 45 percent who disapproved.

In that survey, 60 percent of respondents approved of the way Trump was handling coronavirus responses, including 94 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents, and 27 percent of Democrats, while 38 percent disapproved.

Gallup also noted that the president’s 49 percent approval rating ties his record in that survey, the Daily Caller reported.



Meanwhile, CBS appeared to downplay the positives for the Trump in the network’s own survey, according to a noted media watchdog.

“CBS This Morning on Tuesday mostly ignored the findings of its own poll on the coronavirus and the government’s handling of it,” wrote Scott Whitlock, an analyst for the Media Research Center who reviewed the network’s coverage of the findings.

“The network allowed a scant 10 seconds to the news that a majority, 53 percent, approve of the President’s response. Relegated to online is the news that more Americans trust Donald Trump to given information than the media itself.”


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