Coronavirus or Not: Voter Approval of Trump’s Economic Performance Persists

Thu Mar 19, 2020 AT 10:42 AM EDT

Multiple news organizations continue to peddle the convenient narrative that the public is turning against President Donald Trump as the stock market plummets. A major pollster says otherwise.

“Coronavirus pandemic has yet to impact views on Trump’s handling of economy as half of voters back Trump’s economic performance, matching precrisis numbers from January,” reports Eli Yokely, a political analyst for Morning Consult.

“Last week’s turmoil in the stock market and growing concerns about the long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economy have not shaken voters’ views on President Trump’s chief selling point as he faces reelection this fall.”

And the numbers: “A new Morning Consult/Politico poll, conducted March 13-16, found that half of voters approve of Trump’s handling of the economy, statistically similar to findings from polls conducted in the first two months of the year. The figure exceeds his overall approval rating by 7 percentage points and is driven by positive sentiment among nearly 9 in 10 Republicans and a plurality of independents,” Yokely said. Read Full Story

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