Democrats and media figures have been harshly critical of President Trump’s handling of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
The general public appears to be far more supportive, however, with a Gallup poll published on Tuesday finding that 60% of Americans approved of his response.
The survey also reported that 49% of respondents approved of Trump’s job performance overall. Taken between March 13 and 20, the poll showed a 5% increase in popularity from a previous poll done between March 2 and 13.
Trump’s popularity grows
Unsurprisingly, Trump’s support is strongest among Republicans, but independents and even Democrats have improved their view of him as well.
Among independents, those who viewed Trump favorably grew from 35% to 43%. Meanwhile, Democrat support went up from 7% to 13%.
By comparison, Gallup reported that President Obama had a 46% approval rating at the same point during his presidency — and there was not global pandemic threating to take thousands of lives and tank the previously record-breaking economy at the time.
“We have to go back to work”
Earlier in the week, Trump talked about his hopes to re-open the economy and get people moving again by the Easter holiday.
“I would love to have the country opened up and rearing to go by Easter,” he said during a Fox News town hall event on Tuesday, according to Breitbart. Moderator Bill Hemer replied, “That would be a great American resurrection.”
“We can socially distance ourselves and go to work, and you’ll have to work a little bit harder,” the president explained. “You can clean your hands five times as more as you used to, you don’t have to shake hands anymore with people.
“We have to go back to work, much sooner than people thought, and people can go back to work and they can also practice good judgment,” Trump noted.
He pointed out that the American economy is “not built to shut down. Our people are full of vim and vigor and energy. They don’t want to be locked in a house or an apartment or some space.”
After tumbling for weeks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw significant gains for the past two days, partly thanks to news that people may be going back to work, according to MarketWatch.