About 60% of US voters think Trump was unprepared for coronavirus outbreak, poll finds

As Trump leads the U.S. through the COVID-19 outbreak, his job approval rating has swelled to some of its highest levels since he took office.

But a new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows frustration among voters with the way White House is handling the crisis. The administration says could kill 100,000 to 240,000 people in the U.S.

Overall, 61% of registered voters in that poll said Trump was not prepared to handle the outbreak.

46% of registered voters said Trump was “very unprepared” to handle the crisis, and another 15% said he was “somewhat unprepared.” 14% said the president was “very prepared” and 18% said he was “somewhat prepared.”

The responses varied greatly from one political party to another. 63% of Republicans thought Trump had been prepared, while 85% of Democrats did not. 65% of Independents thought the president was unprepared, and 26% said he was prepared (only 8% of them said “very prepared”). Congress did not do much good, with 28% saying it was prepared and 62% saying it was not.

Overall, 45% of voters approved of the job Trump was doing as president, while 52% disapproved. But some recent polls have found Trump’s approval rating was higher, including an ABC News/Washington Post poll that found more voters approving of his performance than disapproving.

Polling analysis site FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker found Trump to be enjoying his best numbers since January 2017. His average approval rating on RealClearPolitics is also the highest it has been since he was sworn in.

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