Approval of Trump''s handling of coronavirus hits new low



The survey, conducted by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found that just 32 percent of Americans said they support the president''s response to the coronavirus outbreak, marking a 12-point decline from an identical survey released in March.


The president''s marks on the economy, long a strength, also have gradually declined since March. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they approve of his handling of the economy amid the pandemic, down from 56 percent in March.


He also implored Americans to wear face masks as part of an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19. Trump has been reluctant to wear face coverings in public, wearing one for the first time earlier this month during a visit to Walter Reed hospital.


As of Sunday afternoon, the U.S. had reported more than 4.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and roughly 146,000 deaths stemming from it, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.


The U.S. reported more than 1,000 deaths in a 24-hour period for the first time since May last week.


Waning support for Trump''s coronavirus response has coincided with polls showing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with an advantage over Trump in the 2020 election race. A new NBC News poll released Sunday showed Biden leading Trump in Arizona, Michigan and Florida, three battleground states the president carried in the 2016 election.


The AP-NORC survey was conducted among a population of 1,057 U.S. adults between July 16 and July 20. It has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.