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60% of people approve of Trump’s pandemic response, job performance highest since impeachment

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Sixty percent of Americans approve of President Trump’s national coronavirus response efforts, according to the latest Gallup poll.

In fact, the president has seen his largest short-term spike ever in job approval ratings – up seven points – since acknowledging the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 16.  Since then, he’s begun daily ‘Task Force’ press briefings, and issued his “15-days to slow the spread” guidelines.

The last seven-point increase Trump received was following the end of a federal shutdown in February 2019 and his State of the Union address.

Not to mention, the president’s 49% overall job approval rating is the highest it’s ever been as well. The last time Trump saw ratings this high, Speaker Nancy Pelosi had just sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Trump maintained a steady 49% approval rating then before dropping down to 44% in mid February. 

Approval of Trump’s performance, back up to 49% today, mirrors ‘impeachment-level’ highs. Rather, Gallup calls this the ‘rally effect’ – a fairly sudden increase in ratings when the nation is under threat, particularly from opposing parties. 

The ‘rally effect’ holds true – the president’s approval ratings from Independents and Democrats are tied at a record high to date. According to the poll, Independents show 43% approval, up eight points, and Democrats show 13% approval, up six points. Republicans report over 90% approval.

What remains in question is how long support will last. One of Trump’s main pillars for his reelection campaign is maintaining a booming economy, or as Trump says, “the best it’s ever been.”

And while families and businesses across the country suffer from an economic shutdown, many rely on a $2 trillion stimulus package that, after a successful Senate vote today,  could still be stalled in the House. Representative Justin Amash reported Wednesday that if the House calls for unanimous consent, he may block it, leading to a traditional roll call vote and further delay. 

“Whether his handling of the situation ultimately ends up being a positive or a negative (or has little effect on highly polarized voters) remains to be seen,” said Frank Newport in a Gallup article.

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