In the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, a big majority of voters said they would be on board with a national quarantine to control the spread of coronavirus, permitting only essential travel such as trips to grocery stores and pharmacies. Nearly 3 in 4 voters would either strongly or somewhat support a national quarantine.
For Trump, the polling amounts to a mixed bag. On one hand, there is a long-duration Gallup poll, conducted March 13-22 — a 10-day stretch beginning the same day Trump declared the coronavirus outbreak a national emergency. The Gallup poll shows Trump with a 49 percent approval rating overall, equaling a high-water mark, with 60 percent approving of his response to the virus.
Other polls, including the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, show a smaller bump. Trump’s overall approval rating is up just 2 points from last week’s POLITICO/Morning Consult survey, from 43 percent to 45 percent, with a majority, 52 percent, still disapproving of his job performance.
Trump gets mildly positive reviews in other polls for his response to the virus. Monmouth found 50 percent of Americans said he was doing a good job handling the outbreak, while 45 percent said he was doing a bad job. A CBS News/YouGov poll was similar: A combined 53 percent said Trump was doing a “very good” or “somewhat good” job, but 47 percent said he was doing a “very bad” or “somewhat bad” job.
The Monmouth poll also showed a slight uptick in Trump’s approval rating, to 46 percent. But Trump still trails former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, in a matchup among registered voters, 48 percent to 45 percent, the poll shows.
While views of Trump and his response fall largely along partisan lines, so does concern about the virus. In the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, a slight majority of voters, 53 percent, said they are “very concerned” about the coronavirus outbreak. But the share of self-identified Democratic voters who are “very concerned” (64 percent) is significantly larger than the percentages of Republicans (46 percent) and independents (47 percent) who said the same.