Trump’s public opinion success is a product of the country tending to ‘rally around the flag” in a crisis, his improved commander-in-chief performance after the disastrous Oval Office speech on March 11, and his own communication system on Twitter, Fox News and a host of online and radio supporters.
- Awareness of the crisis and concern for personal and family health is high
- Trust in the Federal government is weak and highly partisan. Trust in state and local government is high.
- Public optimism about the economy is declining rapidly
- People are divided about duration being weeks and months
- Public health officials are highly respected. Their views will likely dominate
- Media is poorly rated. Many believe it exaggerates the crisis.
|President Donald Trump speaks during daily briefing on the novel coronavirus|
at the White House, March 20, 2020 | Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images