68% Of Americans Do Not Trust What Trump Says About Coronavirus Pandemic, Survey Says

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Tommy Beer   Forbes U.S. Staff

68% Of Americans Do Not Trust What Trump Says About Coronavirus Pandemic, Survey Says

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Amid damaging reports of the president publicly downplaying the deadliness of Covid-19, two-thirds of Americans say that Trump acted too slowly when dealing with the pandemic, and 68% say they don't trust what he says about the coronavirus, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos survey, released the same day that a Fox News poll found President Trump trailing Joe Biden by five points nationally.

KEY FACTS

- The Fox News poll, conducted September 7-10, has the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket ahead of the Donald Trump-Mike Pence ticket by a 51-46% margin. 

- Likely voters trust Trump over Biden on the economy (by 5 points), but Biden is favored on racial inequality (+12), coronavirus (+8), health care (+8), Supreme Court nominations (+7), and immigration (+7 points).

- Trump's approval for his handling of the Covid-19 crisis sits at just 35%, compared to 65% who disapprove, according to the ABC News/Ipsos survey, which was conducted September 11-12.

- After garnering a 55% approval rating in late March, this is the fourth straight ABC poll in which Trump's coronavirus response approval has hovered in the low-to-mid 30s.

- Yet, the numbers are deeply divided along party lines, as 80% of Republicans approve of the president's handling of the pandemic, while only 31% of independents and 5% of Democrats agree. 

- Despite the controversial comments attached to Trump in a story published by The Atlantic this week, which included unnamed sources claiming the president called members of the military "losers" and "suckers," 81% of Republicans said Trump has more respect for the military than Biden.

KEY BACKGROUND

On Wednesday, interviews between Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward and Trump were released, which included the president acknowledging on February 7th that he was fully aware the coronavirus was "deadly stuff" and was even "more deadly than even your strenuous flus." As a result, Trump immediately came under scrutiny for publicly comparing Covid-19 to the flu throughout February and March. Trump claimed he downplayed the danger of the coronavirus because he didn't want to "create a panic," despite the fact Trump has repeatedly utilized fear tactics over the past four years, including the days immediately before and after he claimed, "I don't want people to be frightened." 

TANGENT

A CBS poll released Sunday has Biden leading Trump in Arizona by three percentage points, a margin of 47% to 44%. Over the past 17 presidential elections, only one Democrat (Bill Clinton in 1996) has won the state. Trump carried Arizona in 2016 by 3 points.

BIG NUMBER

193,500: According to the New York Times database, as of Sunday morning, more than 6,504,600 people in the U.S. have been infected with the coronavirus, and at least 193,500 have died.

CRITICAL QUOTE

"Americans very much trust President Trump to help us recover with the economy, and Americans also believe that President Trump is the one who is best positioned to lead us to a vaccine," Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said Sunday. 

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Tommy Beer   Forbes U.S. Staff

I have had the good fortune of being able to cover the NBA for well over a decade. I’ve had my work published by USA Today, Basketball Insiders, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times, among other national outlets. I have also been featured as a recurring guest on national radio outlets such as Yahoo! Sports, ESPN Radio and SIRIUS XM. Born and raised, and now based in New York, the Knicks have long been an area of specific concentration. My goal is to provide readers with a nuanced, logical look at the Knicks and the league as a whole.