A majority of American voters disapprove of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and believe he did not take the pandemic seriously enough at the beginning of the crisis, according to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll.
The survey found that 52 percent of voters disapprove of Trump’s response to the global outbreak, while 44 percent approve of it. The findings represent little change from a similar poll conducted in March, which found 51 percent of Americans opposed how he was handling the pandemic.
Meanwhile, 52 percent of respondents said they generally do not trust Trump’s rhetoric about the virus, while just 36 percent said they do. This pales in comparison to Americans’ trust of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents said they generally trust what the CDC says about the outbreak, while 60 percent said they trust Fauci. Meanwhile, 66 percent said they generally trust what their governors have said when it comes to the coronavirus.