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Gallup Poll: Handling of Virus Gives Trump Record Approval

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 March 2020 03:26 PM

President Donald Trump's job approval rating is up to 49%, according to the latest Gallup poll, a tie for his highest on record, likely due to a bump from his handing of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump's overall approval rating is up five points from 44% earlier in March and ties his record of 49% in the Gallup poll in late January and early February.

The president's approval from independents and Democrats has increased as well, 8 points and 6 points repectively, also tying for the highest ever at 43% for indepedents and 13% for Democrats. His approval among fellow Republicans is in the high 90s, but is not at the record 94% it was in late January, according to Gallup.

Presidents have traditionally gotten bumps of at least 10 points in times of crisis, Gallup noted, but beginning with Barack Obama that number has gone down because of extreme partisanship.

Gallup sees the public's view of Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as the likely reason for Trump's bump in ratings. Sixty percent approve of how he has handled the crisis and 38% disapprove.

By party, 94% of Republicans approve, 60% of independents, and 27% of Democrats think he has done a good job with the coronavirus situation.

The poll was conducted by telephone March 13-22 with 1,020 adults, aged 18 and older. It has a sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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President Donald Trump's overall approval rating is up five points from 44% earlier in March and ties his record of 49% in the Gallup poll in late January and early February.
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