The poll also indicated increased concern that the coronavirus would have a different personal impact: 33 percent said they were “very worried” that the coronavirus would strike someone within their own family, while an additional 40 percent said they were “somewhat worried.” Those numbers are up from 15 percent and 38 percent, respectively, in a poll released March 20.
A mere 3 percent said the pandemic had not any impact on their lives, compared with 77 percent who said it had affected them either in “a very major way” or “a fairly major way.”
President Donald Trump’s approval rating was 46 percent, with 51 percent saying they disapprove of the job he’s doing. Those numbers are unchanged from last month’s poll and consistent with his numbers in the NBC/WSJ polls this year.
The president’s numbers lagged in another key area: Those polled also said they favor presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden over Trump by margin of 49-42. And 45 percent of those polled said they believed that Trump has not handled the pandemic crisis well — and is still not doing so.
Those polled also expressed limited trust in what the president has had to say about the ongoing health crisis, particularly in relation to other authorities.
More than two-thirds of those polled (69 percent) said they trusted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide accurate information about the coronavirus, followed by their state’s governor (66%), Dr. Anthony Fauci (60%), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (46%), Trump (36%), Vice President Mike Pence (35%) and Biden (26%).
A total of 52 percent said they distrusted what Trump has to say on the subject, followed by Pence (37%) and Biden (29%). A mere 8 percent said they did not trust Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The poll was conducted April 13-15 of 900 registered voters, and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.