President Donald Trump’s net economic approval rating has crashed 15 points in just one month, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.
The poll surveyed 1,273 self-identified registered voters nationwide from July 9 to July 13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
As of June, 52% of voters approved of Trump’s handling of the economy, while 45% disapproved. This month, Trump’s economic approval stands at 44%, while his disapproval is at 53%, a net difference of 15 percentage points.
The numbers released Wednesday are Trump’s worst net score on the economy since August 2017, Quinnipiac’s poll found.
Meanwhile, the president’s job approval rating is also tanking; 36% of voters approve of the job he’s doing and 60% disapprove, which is a six-percent drop compared to last month. QU noted that Trump’s net job approval numbers right now are also his worst since August 2017.
Wednesday’s poll comes as Trump faces increasing backlash over his administration’s handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 3.4 million Americans killed nearly 137,000. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, a pandemic in March. The US currently has the worst outbreak of any country.
Trump himself has also faced scrutiny over attempts to downplay the threat of the virus, sideline public-health experts, cut funding to critical government agencies tasked with responding to the crisis, and spread misinformation about the severity of the outbreak. Media reports have also said that the president ignored more than a dozen intelligence assessments warning of an impending pandemic weeks before it gained a foothold in the US.
Moreover, the president has made contradictory statements on the US’s coronavirus testing and contact tracing, alternately giving himself credit for ramping up testing capabilities while also claiming that it’s “overrated” and makes the country “look bad.” He also put out conflicting messaging on masks, at one point mocking Americans who wore them before later saying that he was “all for” masks.
Multiple states have in recent weeks seen a resurgence of the outbreak after moving to reopen their economies despite not meeting the White House’s recommended criteria for reopening.
Florida shattered the single-day record for the highest number of new coronavirus cases over the weekend, and on Monday, it broke the record for the highest number of deaths. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all indoor restaurants and bars to close down over the weekend amid a sharp increase in new cases, and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey imposed a statewide mask mandate on Wednesday.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt also announced Wednesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19, weeks after attending an indoor Trump rally in Tulsa that featured no social distancing and few masks.
A number of other southern and southwestern states have also reported huge upticks in new cases in recent weeks, and many have reimplemented lockdown and social distancing measures to curb the spread of the virus.