The forced shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic have taken a toll on all Americans — and their economy.
Even so, according to a new CNBC poll released on Wednesday, Trump’s job approval rating has risen from 40% in December to 46% now — and approval for his handling of the economy jumped from 49% to 52% in the same time frame.
Rallying behind Trump
Even though the media continues to spew the narrative that Trump has botched the management of this crisis, Americans do not seem to be buying into that narrative.
There are always going to be the extremes on both sides that can’t be moved one way or the other, but the middle-of-the-road party members on both sides and independent voters are going to be where this election is won and lost.
Trump, right now, is clearly winning them over. While the improvement of his approval rating is good news in itself, it’s even more important to note that his disapproval rating fell by a full 6% during that December to April span.
The president made a huge move among Democrats, going from 8% approval to 20% approval from December to April, which makes it fairly clear that Americans are simply not buying into the narratives from the likes of CNN and MSNBC.
Trusting the process
As stated above, the economy has taken a massive hit from these shutdowns, but those polled do not seem ready to hold Trump accountable for the decline.
A mere 22% rated the current economy as fair, while 77% had a dim view of it right now, a reflection of the bleak reality of skyrocketing unemployment rates and unprecedented market contraction.
Even so, Trump had a 52% approval rating on the economy, up three points from the December poll, according to Breitbart. This signals that the majority of Americans do not blame Trump for the economic repercussions of the shutdown.
Optimism about the economy bouncing back soon after coronavirus precautions are lifted is high as well, with 49% of respondents indicating that they believe the economy will return to normal within a few months.
A Fox News poll released on Thursday found similar results, with 49% of respondents approving of Trump’s handling of the crisis, up one point from the outlet’s poll released two weeks ago.
Trump himself has signalled optimism that the economy will return to its normal functioning within the next several months as well, commenting that there’s a “light at the end of the tunnel” on Sunday, according to the Washington Examiner.