Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, April 06, 2020

Whatever small bump in the polls President Trump received at the onset of the covid-19 calamity was minuscule in comparison with the surges of support for previous crisis presidents, and puny compared with the lift other world leaders were receiving for their efforts.

And even by those standards, over the past couple of weeks, much has changed. The national death toll soared past 7,000. More than 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in March. And Americans have seen the contrast between Trump and their far more competent governors.

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"The latest ABC/Ipsos poll shows Americans understand this crisis is not going to be over soon.

Rather, "just over nine in 10 Americans now say that the outbreak has disrupted their daily routine. ... Among those saying this, 44% said they think they will be able to resume their regular routine by June 1, including 13% who said by May 1, while a combined 84% believe that will happen by the end of the summer."

Moreover, "89% of Americans now saying they are concerned that they or someone they know will be infected with the virus, compared to 79% in a poll conducted from March 18-19 and 66% in a poll in the field from March 11-12."

The perception of Trump's performance has changed dramatically. "Trump's approval for his management of the coronavirus is now under-water, 47-52%. Approval is down from 55% in the poll released on March 20, and closer to where it was in the March 13 poll, when it was 43%."

Trump's approval may well decline even further as he weirdly seeks to avoid taking decisive action.

We are not even at the end of the beginning of the crisis. Trump's actions going forward will matter. However, his slow start and continued erratic presence may very well haunt him, causing all but his core base to throw up their hands in horror and disgust. Facts matter. And right now, the facts are grim." excerpts

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-06 06:54 PM | Reply

The dems should put a bill forward re-instating the Obama pandemic capabilities and add to them. Then let the media pummel Trump on why he gutted the US pandemic defenses at precisely the wrong time. The dems could even give Bush credit for starting the pandemic preparations.

Why did Trump stand down our pandemic defenses?
Why hasn't he reinstated them?
Why did he mislead the public about the danger?
Why did he delay preparations once the pandemic was known?

Just keep pounding on those questions every day until November. Trump will never admit he made a mistake, so the questions won't stop.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2020-04-06 07:56 PM | Reply

I told you so.

#3 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-04-06 09:36 PM | Reply

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