President Trump is currently facing the worst crisis of his presidency. This year’s election is getting closer every day, even amid the news of more coronavirus infections and deaths.
However, the president seems to be handling the pandemic well in the eyes of the voters.
“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” he said. “We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks.”
In early March, when the U.S. had around 100 confirmed cases, only 38 percent of people felt the virus was being handled appropriately. Through daily briefings, coordinated efforts with big businesses and the signing of the $2 trillion stimulus package, that rating has skyrocketed. Around half of the American people now approve of his methods.
“Some six in 10 Americans approve of the job Donald Trump is doing to combat the coronavirus crisis, pushing the president’s approval rating – 49% – to the highest of his presidency, according to a poll released Tuesday by Gallup.
Trump’s gains come as his standing has improved among Democrats and independents amid the viral outbreak, which has killed more than 660 people even as the nation has adopted strict rules limiting public gatherings. Trump’s job approval numbers are up 6 points among Democrats and 8 points among independents, according to the survey.”
It is not unheard of for a president to face some kind of crisis at the end of his first term. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter was facing an international crisis and a harsh recession. His approval rating dropped significantly in his last year, from a strong 58 percent down to 31 percent at the time of the election.
Carter’s policy was to tackle increasing interest rates to strengthen the government instead of curbing the rise in unemployment. As the Iranian hostage crisis continued, voters quickly became frustrated with his lack of action. They looked to Ronald Reagan instead as a strong leader.
Carter’s handling of the economic and hostage crises was not well received and he lost reelection in a landslide.
President George H. W. Bush was struggling under another tough recession in 1992 and decided to handle a shrinking GDP by reversing a campaign promise.
“The Congress will push me to raise taxes and I’ll say ‘No,’” stated Bush. “They’ll push again and I’ll say to them, ‘Read my lips, no new taxes.’”
His opponents, Democrat Bill Clinton, and Independent Ross Perot jumped on the public’s disapproval and used it to end Bush’s presidency after a single term.
However, experts have said President Trump is successfully navigating around these hurdles.
During an independent study, Star Political discovered that the majority of Americans believe Trump will win in November. While 97% of US voters believe Trump will win, only 3% believe someone else will win.
After the president pressed Congress to pass a stimulus bill, which would have the greatest direct effect on Americans, 54 percent of Americans said they approved of his handling of the economy.
“This is a very important day. I’ll sign the single biggest economic relief package in American history and, I must say,…it’s twice as large as any relief ever signed. I want to thank Republicans and Democrats for coming together, setting aside their differences, and putting America first. This legislation provides for direct payments to individuals and unprecedented support to small businesses. We’re going to keep our small businesses strong and our big businesses strong.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
While maintaining social distancing policies to keep people safe, the president’s strategy of reassuring Americans and informing them of recent victories may ensure him a smooth path to victory in November.
“We are doing a great job,” said President Trump. “Stay calm, it will go away…and we’re going to have a great victory.”