Trump’s COVID Response Rating Plummets 18 Points

Morning Consult reports:

For the first time in Morning Consult polling, more voters disapprove than approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

An April 10-12 survey of 1,987 registered voters found 49 percent disapprove and 45 percent approve of the president’s COVID-19 response, marking a drop of 5 percentage points in his net approval rating, the share who approve minus those who disapprove, in the course of a week and an 18-point drop since a mid-March peak in evaluations of his handling of the pandemic.

The slide in net approval since that March 17-20 survey has been driven by a souring among Democratic voters (down 24 points) and independents (down 17 points), while the vast majority of Republicans have continued to rate Trump well.