WASHINGTON, D.C. – A strong majority of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, according to a new poll commissioned by Accountable.US, a nonpartisan watchdog group. The poll also found that strong majorities believe that Trump and Republicans have acted in the best interest of major corporations, not working people, and that stopping the spread of the virus should take precedence over reopening the economy.
The poll — conducted by Global Strategy Group (GSG) — also found that strong majorities want to see the next stimulus package include more provisions to financially help small businesses and workers.
“To put it mildly, the American public is not pleased with the administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Kyle Herrig, Accountable.US Founder and President. “President Trump’s self-dealing has been a hallmark of his presidency — and a majority of Americans demand more scrutiny for the bailouts and help for their families, not more blatant corruption.”
Topline findings from the poll include:
- The stature of health care experts overshadows Trump and Congressional Republicans. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Americans have extremely positive feelings for health care experts, while viewing President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress unfavorably.
- Most (57%) think the response so far only benefits Trump and corporations. There is overwhelming support for the $2 trillion dollar stimulus package, but most (59%) believe it did more for corporations than for hard-working Americans. Most (69%) also recognize that Trump is not living up to the transparency they expect for doling out the taxpayer dollars.
- Americans want future relief to go to hard-working people. There is overwhelming support for safeguards to be put in future stimulus packages to ensure that help goes to those on the front lines of the pandemic and workers struggling financially.
About the poll:
Global Strategy Group conducted a survey of 1,067 registered voters nationwide between May 4 and May 8, 2020. The margin of error at the 95% confidence level is +/- 3.0%. The margin of error on sub-samples is greater.