President Donald Trump speaks with Vice President Mike Pence as they arrive for a Fox News Channel virtual town hall, at the White House, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A new Gallup poll is out showing President Trump with the highest approval rating of his presidency, as measured by that poll, and a stunning 60% approval rating on his handling of the Wuhan virus crisis.
Forty-nine percent of U.S. adults, up from 44% earlier this month, approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Trump also had 49% job approval ratings — the best of his presidency — in late January and early February around the time of the Senate impeachment trial that resulted in his acquittal.
Trump’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic may be behind his higher overall approval rating. Americans give the president generally positive reviews for his handling of the situation, with 60% approving and 38% disapproving. Ninety-four percent of Republicans, 60% of independents and 27% of Democrats approve of his response.
His overall approval rating is bolstered by a 6 point gain among Democrats (13% approve).
Style aside, President Trump has exhibited a command presence during this crisis. Despite being under attack by the most viciously partisan House in my memory, attacks that culminated in an impeachment trial on charges that would have made Lavrentiy Beria blush at their flimsiness and superficiality, President Trump and his administration acted in a measured and appropriate manner to the pandemic brewing in China. He courageously shut down travel to that country as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were calling the move racist. And the actions taken so far have been timely and effective.
Joe Biden has been reduced to drooling on himself as he naps in front of the television.