More Americans are pessimistic about the direction of their country than at any time during Donald Trump’s presidency, as the nation continues to fight the coronavirus, protests against police brutality that have at times turned violent and a venomous presidential election that revealed deep political politics. divides itself.
About eight in ten Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new poll from the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Only 38% of those polled said the state of the national economy was good, down almost half from 67% in January, before Covid-19 was known to have reached U.S. shores.
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The numbers do not bode well for Mr Trump, whose handling of the coronavirus pandemic received support from just 32% of the PA poll respondents.
Barely 100 days before the November 3 election, the president appears to be taking several steps to bolster political excitement among his most loyal base of supporters.
He has deployed federal law enforcement units to cities like Portland, Oregon and Chicago to emphasize his image as the president of law and order. He recently took a new, darker tone on the coronavirus pandemic, wearing a mask and calling himself “patriotic” for doing so.
“It’s likely, unfortunately, to get worse before it gets better,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House last week, dropping his gleeful speech on Covid-19 minutes later by offering advice: “Get one mask. Whether you like the mask or not, take a mask.… They have an effect. ”
The president has, of course, shown renewed attention to important issues before, returning to his combative politics which often distracts national discussion from these issues.
It hasn’t been a good summer for Mr. Trump in national polls or among pivotal state voters.
He follows his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, in double digits nationally in some polls, and faces big margins in key states like Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
According to these polls, the president still has an advantage over Mr Biden in voter confidence in each candidate’s ability to lead the economy.
Trump’s top advisers have also tried to hammer home this advantage, on Sunday morning broadcasts this week, citing, as White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow calls it, the post-economic boom. -Covid.
Mr. Biden is more than happy to keep the focus on Mr. Trump – not himself – as the campaign comes to an end.
“People are fed up with a government that is divided and broken and unable to get things done. What people feel they are getting from Trump right now is a mishmash of self-serving political discussions, ”Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for Mr. Biden, said in a statement to the PA.