With the U.S. death toll from coronavirus passing 60,000 earlier today and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) tumbling 4.8 percent in the first quarter of the year, American voters are indicating that they have lost all faith in Donald Trump’s ability to navigate the two biggest issues that will be the hallmarks of the 2020 campaign: COVID-19 and the economy.
A startling new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows that for the first time since the novel coronavirus appeared in the United States, a majority of voters say they trust presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to handle the virus and the economy more than they trust Donald Trump.
In a head-to-head matchup, 55 percent say they trust Biden more than Trump (40 percent) to effectively deal with the virus. And they also choose Biden over Trump to deal with the economy by a 51 to 44 percent margin, suggesting that Trump’s reelection is in serious jeopardy.
A closer look inside the numbers from the NPR poll also has bad news for Trump, with 55 percent of Americans saying they disapprove of the job he’s doing as president and 58 percent of independent voters indicating they’re dissatisfied with how Trump has dealt with the pandemic.
The bottom line is that Trump is seen as a failed president who has been unable to protect Americans from the greatest national security threat the nation has faced in decades. This president had an opportunity early on to mitigate the human toll from coroanavirus, but he was far too busy dubbing it a “hoax” and promising it would quickly disappear.
The election, of course, will not be held tomorrow, but there are ominous signs in this latest survey for the incumbent, who is more unpopular than ever and flailing about as he tries to navigate the twin crises of COVID-19 and the moribund economic picture.
Is karma finally catching up with Donald Trump? At the moment, it certainly looks that way.