Trump's handling of coronavirus pandemic hits record low approval: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By John Whitesides
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are steadily losing confidence in President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. His net approval of the issue that dominated the US elections hit a record low in a new Reuters / Ipsos poll.
The poll, conducted Tuesday through Thursday following Trump's COVID-19 infection and weekend hospitalization, found that 37% of American adults agreed to the president's handling of the pandemic and 59% disagreed.
The net approval rating of minus 22 percentage points is the lowest in the March 2 poll and has declined steadily over the past 10 days as Trump's illness and return to work hit the headlines.
Trump's rating on this subject was negative with 11 points in a Reuters / Ipsos poll from September 30 to October 30. 1.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed the severity of the pandemic as something that would go away on its own, accusing Democratic rival Joe Biden of wearing a protective mask despite the virus killing more than 210,000 people and throwing millions of people off work in the U.S. Has.
The falling approval rating is a ominous sign for Trump, who is lagging behind Biden in polls ahead of the November 3rd election. Biden has put Trump's abuse of the virus front at the center of his campaign to deny the Republican president a second term in the White House.
Trump has continued to downplay the dangers of respiratory disease even after contracting the disease and has been censored by social media platforms for spreading misinformation about it.
"I think this was a blessing from God that I caught him. This was a blessing in disguise," said Trump in a video posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
The Reuters / Ipsos survey was conducted online in English in the United States. It collected responses from 1,331 adults in the United States between October 6 and October 8, and has a confidence interval, a measure of accuracy, of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

(Additional reporting by Chris Kahn; editing by Colleen Jenkins and David Gregorio)

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