A new nationwide Morning Consult poll shows that while a plurality of Americans hold the China's communist government responsible for the outbreak of the pandemic in the United States, Democratic voters were nearly twice as likely to blame President Trump.
The survey, which was taken March 17-20, asked 1,851 voters a long range of questions regarding their views on the coronavirus. When it came to who they felt was most responsible for the deadly COVID-19 virus spreading in the U.S., overall 33% said it was the fault of the Chinese government while 19% said Trump. However, voters' responses largely fell along party lines.
Democrats blame Trump; Republicans and Independents blame Red China
By an almost 2-to-1 margin, 35% of Democrats blamed Trump for the virus spreading in the U.S. while only 18% pointed to the regime in Beijing.
Meanwhile, among Republicans, 54% said the Chinese government was to blame for the virus, while only 2% held President Trump responsible. Independents were also more likely to blame the Chinese with 31% blaming Beijing and only 14% saying Trump was at fault.
Trump gets high marks for handling of the coronavirus
The survey also found that 53% of voters approve of President Trump's handling of the spread of coronavirus, while 39 percent disapprove. According to the researchers, this marks an increase of 10 percentage points in net approval of his coronavirus response since Morning Consult's previous poll taken March 13-16. The results are consistent with those from surveys by ABC News/Ipsos and Axios/Harris which found that more than half of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the crisis.
Trump's improved standing was driven by a greater number of Democrats (from 18% to 26% approving of the president's performance. Position opinions of Trump's handling of the issue also rose among Independents (from 43% to 51%) and Republican voters from 83% to 87 percent.
The president's polling bump coincides with voters becoming increasingly concerned about the spread of the virus with 62% of respondents telling researchers they were "very concerned," a notable increase of 16 points from the last survey, while 55% of voters now say describe the coronavirus as "a severe health risk" in the U.S., up 15 points from 40% who said the same just a few days before.