- Bad news, like shutdowns, belongs to governors. Good news, like start-up, is his.
- He and his entourage argue scientists and some governors and mayors have overreacted in shutdown. He’s been a consistent advocate for opening it up.
- He will be best qualified to super charge a recovery. He got the U.S. to 3.5 percent unemployment. He can do it again.
Some findings from a new national survey from Pew Research show Trump has lost the narrative of competence by being seen as slow to respond and they express concern about his advocacy of a quick opening. He has much lower credibility than medical authorities and state governors. But, he still is seen as credible on the economy (a 52% economic performance approval in RealClearPolitics.com) if primarily for business, not the general public, and his overall approval remains about the same at 44 percent positive and 53 percent negative.
- Most Americans say Trump was too slow in initial response to coronavirus threat – 65% too slow, 34% too quick (Pew Research reported 4/18, conducted 4/8-12)
- The greater concern is state governments opening too quickly – 66% too quickly, 32% not quickly enough (Pew, 478)
- Less than two-fifths say Trump’s public comments on outbreak are accurate – 39% accurate, 52% better than really is
- Over half say he does a good job addressing business needs, but less say he’s done well on financial needs of ordinary people – 51% needs of businesses, 46% needs of ordinary people
- Approval of job performance – 44% positive, 53% negative