A plurality of Americans prefer President Trump’s leadership to that of former Vice President Joe Biden amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Politico/ The Morning Consult survey published Wednesday.
Trump led Biden by an eight-point margin, with 44 percent of voters considering Trump a better leader during the crisis than Biden (36 percent), although the two opinions were equally divided when voters were asked who they would trust to handle the problem.
A majority of voters – 52% – prefer former President Barack Obama to Trump, with 38% saying that Trump would be the stronger of the two leaders during the crisis. Ten percent had no opinion.
Biden criticized Trump last month for a “colossal” failure in scaling up testing, and said the volatility in the stock market was a reflection of Trump’s weak leadership. The Trump campaign reacted by criticizing Biden in a statement on “his terrible judgment and incompetence in the face of public health problems”.
The President spoke to Democratic Presidential Leader Biden on Monday to discuss the government’s response to the coronaviruses, after Trump suggested that Biden’s initial proposal for a phone call never materialized.
Joe Biden wanted the date of the National Democratic Convention postponed to a later date. Now he wants a “virtual” convention, a convention where he doesn’t have to show up. Gee, I wonder why? Also, what happened to that phone call that he told the Fake News that he wanted to do to me?
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2020
“Vice President Biden and President Trump had a good call,” said Biden deputy campaign manager and director of communications Kate Bedingfield in a statement. “VP Biden shared several suggestions for actions the administration can take now to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and expressed appreciation for the spirit of the American people in the face of the challenges facing the nation.
Last week, Trump said that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose approval rating had increased during the pandemic, would be “a better candidate than the sleeping Joe.”
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