President Donald Trump's delayed response to the virus that's spurred a public health crisis in the United States is coming back to bite him in the polls.
In the U.S. outbreak's early stages, the President repeatedly ignored warnings from health experts, intelligence officials, and economists that the country wasn't prepared. The President dismissed the severity of the virus in numerous interviews, insinuating that it was being overblown by the media̦—a position that likely cost lives.
His administration bungled a crucial initial rollout of testing kits and touted an unproven remedy. Trump has picked fights on Twitter with governors who pressure the federal government to provide aid.
In daily press briefings regarding the virus, the President spends his time berating reporters and telling outright lies while potentially lifesaving information from experts gets drowned out in the noise.
Americans aren't failing to notice, according to a new CBS poll.
The numbers show the President's handling of the virus is consistently dipping in approval with every passing week. According to the poll, 47 percent of Americans currently approve of Trump's response to the virus, falling from 51 percent last week and 53 percent the week before that.
CBS isn't the only entity finding Trump's approval slipping.
Forty-six percent of people approve of the President's job in a recent Quinnipiac poll. In a new Reuters poll, only 42 percent approve of his handling of the virus—a six point drop from the previous numbers. CNN found that only 43 percent of people believe the President is doing as much as he can to fight the outbreak.
They're not the only polls finding that the President's response has been sub-par, to say the least.
People think that Trump's erratic daily press briefings play a part in his shrinking approval rating.
The briefings, which would be useful in any other presidency, are getting skewered for their erraticism.
For a deeper look into Trump's character from those who know it firsthand, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.