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.
New CBS News poll: Views on President Trump's handling of the outbreak have ticked down. Now more say he's doing… https://t.co/ZMFJ51uRwh— CBS News Poll (@CBS News Poll)1586517185.0
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.
When all is said and done, do you have confidence? Or no confidence? ... in President Trump's ability to lead the n… https://t.co/IarxOJXBOG— Political Polls (@Political Polls)1586382580.0
NATIONAL POLL: Handling of #COVID19 outbreak: GOOD JOB/BAD JOB 72%/21% - Governors 72-18 in March 66%/25% - Feder… https://t.co/jHpLl4Hg1L— MonmouthPoll (@MonmouthPoll)1586379914.0
People think that Trump's erratic daily press briefings play a part in his shrinking approval rating.
I’d be especially eager to see the numbers among those who have watched one or more of the White House’s daily pres… https://t.co/33K1Xra07t— Ed Whelan (@Ed Whelan)1586522024.0
The president’s fragile ego thrives on attention but his daily disinformation rallies are backfiring. Americans wan… https://t.co/jyKscekIIF— JanetGorman 🌊 (@JanetGorman 🌊)1586462769.0
I too have noticed that the longer Trumps daily evening crazed ramblings he calls a press conference go on the wors… https://t.co/Otzekkmoi3— Darlyn2 (@Darlyn2)1586456873.0
When you hold a daily briefing to berate the press and tell lies to the American public while your own experts are… https://t.co/FZo54RFva9— Duke (@Duke)1586435973.0
The briefings, which would be useful in any other presidency, are getting skewered for their erraticism.
When Trump speaks at his daily briefings, the amount of misinformation is staggering. He is treating the press brie… https://t.co/f0JDrweFjD— Barbra Streisand (@Barbra Streisand)1586513456.0
The only good thing coming out of Trump’s daily press briefings AKA campaign rallies, are all the kick ass female j… https://t.co/T2oLPqHfAl— Ida Skibenes ❄️ (@Ida Skibenes ❄️)1585996497.0
Joe Scarborough today on the coronavirus briefings: "The president lies so much in these press conferences, I still… https://t.co/SjXFPiZCAg— Jeremy Barr (@Jeremy Barr)1586356426.0
For a deeper look into Trump's character from those who know it firsthand, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.