President Donald Trump's handling of the current national health crisis that's killed over 95 thousand Americans and left millions more unemployed has been widely banned.
Despite numerous warnings of the threat posed by the virus, Trump constantly dismissed it in the early stages, when containment was most feasible. He pushed against widespread testing, fearing that documenting an accurate number of cases would spook the markets.
Now, with Americans trapped inside their homes because of how far the virus has spread, Trump and his allies are blaming Democrats, the media, and even health experts, accusing them of deliberately holding the nation hostage in order to cripple the Obama-era economic stability for which Trump takes credit.
A recent poll from Fox News indicates that the tactic isn't working.
The poll—which surveyed over 1200 registered voters, found the approval of Trump's pandemic response at a measly 43 percent—down eight points from the previous month.
“A Fox News poll out minutes ago illustrates a steep drop for the President when it comes to how Americans approve… https://t.co/z4vZs0vXZD— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi) 1590098953.0
If that wasn't bad enough, it also examined how Trump fare in a national matchup against the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The poll, which showed him tied with Biden last month, now shows Trump behind Biden by eight points, with widening gaps in key demographics.
What's more, the poll found more Biden supporters than Trump supporters (69% to 63%) were extremely motivated to vote.
Trump was none too happy about the results—dismissing Fox's polling team as "fake."
.@FoxNews should fire their Fake Pollster. Never had a good Fox Poll! https://t.co/joHfkQwd9L— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1590158350.0
Why doesn’t @FoxNews put up the CNBC POLL or the (believe it or not!) @CNN Poll? Hope Roger A is looking down and w… https://t.co/IQCzEaYQe3— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1590158652.0
Trump's own Twitter feed refutes his claim that he's "never" had a good Fox poll—as people pointed out.
One search, in seconds, proves this to be ANOTHER lie https://t.co/DoC8ZUdiAB https://t.co/Ya6U7ezC5b— Monty (@Monty) 1590158824.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews "Never"? https://t.co/35E3bI1Obe— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️) 1590158778.0
People agree that the survey—from the most famous Republican outlet in the United States—spells bad news for Trump.
Oof. Even Hoover was 40+ 6 months out. https://t.co/NCUypRGjV8— Jeff Timmer (@Jeff Timmer) 1590103994.0
@realDonaldTrump This is what leading by bad example will buy you Mr. #FakePresident. Count down 'till the USA elec… https://t.co/y5eJNJBnzl— Bill Peterie (@Bill Peterie) 1590150030.0
Even Fox. https://t.co/0cVzYvAAjA— Jo Lown 🎨🌴🌊🇺🇸 (@Jo Lown 🎨🌴🌊🇺🇸) 1590104667.0
As I have said many, many times before. Fox news actually has good polls, which Trump seems to dislike very much. I… https://t.co/nbXws9Zd8p— Jackson Martin (@Jackson Martin) 1590158984.0
Trump has criticized Fox in the past for not fudging their polling numbers in his favor, and recent tweets suggest that what was once a match made in Heaven is now troubled in paradise.
.@FoxNews is no longer the same. We miss the great Roger Ailes. You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever… https://t.co/CyU8CZMc7B— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1589853589.0
Many will disagree, but @FoxNews is doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected on November 3rd. Sure… https://t.co/Q0FEs4tqWP— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1590085802.0
For a deeper look into Fox's alliance with the Republican party, check out Foxocracy, available here.