The latest survey conducted by Gallup that took measure of Americans current opinions of President Trump – and the numbers might surprise you.
In the midst of an unprecedented election year disaster the president has managed to not only leave many Americans feeling reassured, but has also instilled in them optimism for the future after the virus is defeated.
The Gallup study proves exactly that, finding that Trump’s approval among U.S. adults has jumped 5 points since earlier this month, surging from 44 to 49% approval. Matching the highest of his entire presidency.
“Independents’ and Democrats’ approval of Trump’s performance has increased slightly since earlier this month, tying as the best he has registered to date among each group,” Gallup explains. “The president’s approval rating among Republicans was already above 90%, and remains so — but is not currently his highest on record (94% in late January).”
While an increase in presidential approval is common following a disaster, Gallup points out that it is highly unusual for Trump specifically to experience a sudden increase among both independents and Democrats, indicating that this is a serious rally for the president.
A big piece of this bump in approval comes from American’s views of Trumps handling of coronavirus pandemic.
“Americans give the president generally positive reviews for his handling of the situation, with 60% approving and 38% disapproving,” Gallup reports. “Ninety-four percent of Republicans, 60% of independents and 27% of Democrats approve of his response.”
Trump’s numbers are so good that even a left-wing propaganda outlet like CNN reported on them, with a headline that read: “President Trump is as popular as he’s ever been right now.”
On top of an impressive uptick in public opinion, the head of the World Health Organization, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Wednesday praised President Trump for his leadership in handling the novel coronavirus outbreak and said the president is “taking responsibility” for leading the United States’ response to the global pandemic.
Tedros said the United Nations health agency has repeatedly called for the heads of state to lead a “whole of government” response to COVID-19 and said Trump was leading by example.
“That’s exactly what he’s doing, which we appreciate because fighting this pandemic needs political commitment,” Tedros said during an afternoon press briefing in Geneva.
Tedros said he and Trump had recently spoken and that the president is “doing all he can.”
“I believe that kind of political commitment and political leadership can bring change or can stop this pandemic,” Tedros said.
Moreover, the president’s daily coronavirus press briefings are drawing massive audiences as millions tune in to hear his updates and guidance on the issue.
The New York Times reluctantly admitted on Wednesday that the president’s daily coronavirus updates are garnering an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news.
The Times continued, “And the numbers are continuing to rise, driven by intense concern about the virus and the housebound status of millions of Americans who are practicing social distancing. On Monday, nearly 12.2 million people watched Mr. Trump’s briefing on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, according to Nielsen — ‘Monday Night Football’ numbers. Millions more are watching on ABC, CBS, NBC and online streaming sites.”
Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll of U.S. voters currently gives Trump near identical approval numbers as President Obama at the same point in his presidency. Obama would go on to easily win re-election.