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Fox News: Trump Approval Peaks During Coronavirus Pandemic

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President Donald Trump with members of the President's Coronavirus Task Force.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Thursday, 09 April 2020 07:40 PM

President Donald Trump's job approval rating has reached a new high, propelled largely his response to coronavirus, according to a Fox News Poll.

In all, 49% of voters approve of Trump's performance during this time of crisis, a number that has risen from 48% in late March and 47% in the last week of February.

Conversely, only 49% disapproved of Trump's performance. That's only the third time that his disapproval rating dipped below 50%.

“The president’s bump in approval isn’t huge, and certainly not on par with the rally effect for George W. Bush after 9/11,” Republican pollster Daron Shaw for Fox News Poll, told the network. “But it could be consequential that he’s closing in on 50 percent, which is critical for his re-election chances.”

Among Republicans, the president has 89% approval, two points off his all-time high of 91% in January.

Related specifically to coronavirus, 51% of Americans think the president is empathizing with them during the pandemic, and 48% say he's providing strong leadership.

“With this economic implosion so directly linked to coronavirus, the degree to which voters blame Trump for economic conditions will likely be based on whether or not they decide he could have mitigated the pandemic’s impact by preparing the country as soon as he was first warned,” Democrat pollster Chris Anderson who worked with Shaw on the poll, told Fox News.

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