The coronavirus pandemic has caused the American economy to freefall after unprecedented business closures led to record unemployment, but Americans feelings towards President Trump right now may not be what you expected.
According to a CNBC survey released on Wednesday, the President drew much admiration over his handling of the crisis, with his economic approval rating shooting up to 52 percent, surpassing the previous high of 49 percent.
Trump’s overall approval rating saw a boost as well, jumping from 40 percent up to 46 percent, another all-time high for Trump during his time as president.
Even more remarkable is the astronomical rise in Trump’s rating among Democrats. His job approval rating rose to 20 percent among Democrats, a record high and up from 8 percent in December.
The high marks are all the more notable because the survey also reveals that ten percent of Americans say they lost their jobs because of the outbreak while another 16 percent said they have had their pay cut.
Even with all of the uncertainty in today’s economy, only one percent of Americans say they expect to lose their job in the next few weeks, suggesting that Americans think the worst of the shutdown’s damage to the labor market may be over. A further eight percent expect that they will suffer a pay cut in the next few weeks.
Forty-five percent of Americans rate the economy as poor. Twenty-two percent rate it as “fair,” making for a combined 77 percent taking a dim view of the economy.
While that percentage is up 20 points from December and easily marks the worst of Trump’s presidency. This is not uncharted waters, however, as such numbers were normal during Obama’s presidency.
Fifty-one percent of Americans say they expect the economy to improve in the next year. Forty-nine percent expect the economy to return to normal in the next few months. Just six percent think the effects of the shutdown will last longer than a year.
While it’s clear that Americans are aware that this virus is not President Trump’s fault, media pundits on the left like CNN’s Chris Cuomo continue to try and convince Americans that they should blame the President for the spread of the Chinese virus and the economic downturn that ensued.
Cuomo lost it on Tuesday night over President Donald Trump simply saying to the press that he wanted to give Americans hope during the coronavirus outbreak.
Cuomo who is self-quarantined in his basement after being diagnosed with coronavirus attacked the president and then proceeded to play a deceptively edited clip of the President speaking in order to trick his viewers.
In the edited clip, Trump said: “Well, the cases really didn’t build up for a while, but you have to understand, I’m a cheerleader for this country. I don’t want to create havoc and shock and everything else. … I’m not going to go out and start screaming, this could happen, this could happen.”
Cuomo then fabricated his own interpretation of what Trump said: “I’m a cheerleader, so, I’m going to lie to you about the realities that your parents, your loved ones and your kids face. I’m not going to prepare the way I should because it reinforces the bulls**t I’m telling you and I’m going to hope you’re okay with it.”
What Cuomo oh-so conveniently leaves out, is that President Trump also mentioned that explained that while he was trying to reassure the country that he was taking adequate steps to combat the spread of the virus.