Are Americans finally starting to see through Trump’s factual inaccuracies?
Countries around the world are in dire straights as the coronavirus pandemic makes its way around the globe, forcing nations to declare emergency’s, implement lockdowns, and put economies to a grinding halt. That being said, in times of of national crisis, citizens usually rally behind their chosen leader.
It’s safe to say that in the case of the United States, that’s not exactly happening.
Surprisingly, Donald Trump’s approval ratings haven’t rallied since the coronavirus pandemic swept through the nation. The rally behind a nations leader during times of crisis is what political scientists refer to as a “rally ‘round the flag” effect — a surge in popularity as the country comes together and backs its leader during an emergency situation.
It looks like peoples patience with the president may just be starting to wane. A series of polls released this week show the presidents approval ratings at about 47 percent. This is roughly the same place it was a month ago in the days before the coronavirus upheaved the lives of so many Americans.
A quick comparison of the approval ratings between Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will give you a better idea of the sort of ratings that leaders are supposed to be getting during a national crisis. Cuomo’s approval rating currently stands at 87 percent. That’s almost double that of President Trump’s.
This lack of a rally behind approval ratings during a crisis is unprecedented. Dating back to the start of the modern polling era around the time World War II ended, presidents have seen their approval ratings rise rather significantly during times of strife for the country. It’s plain to see that Trump’s daily press briefings on the coronavirus just aren’t working.
It certainly looks like the American public simply don’t think that Trump is doing a good job at handling the coronavirus pandemic. Add to this the fact that former vice president Joe Biden now holds a 4-point lead over president Trump in a new national survey released Thursday, and it’s just not looking good for Donald Trump.
The Monmouth University poll found that 48 percent of respondents support Biden over Trump, who received 44 percent of the vote. Statistically, that makes it a tie. But given the lack of a “rally ‘round the flag” effect, experts are saying it’s not looking good for the president.
“The static nature of these results suggests the president’s response to the pandemic is certainly not helping his reelection prospects,”
Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Of course, it’s still early days and early poll ratings don’t count for much in the big picture. It’s still however an indication that Americans are seeing through Trump’s bullshit. If Trump wants to see himself re-elected, he’s going to have to change his approach and muster a strong response to the crisis in the upcoming weeks.