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Voters Say Trump More Likely Than Pelosi To Put Country First With COVID-19

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Voters are evenly divided when asked if President Trump or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would do a better job dealing with the coronavirus but think Trump is more likely to put the country ahead of his political party.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters trust the president more when it comes to handling the current coronavirus crisis. Forty-four percent (44%) trust Pelosi more. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Interestingly, Republicans (82%) are more trusting of Trump than Democrats (69%) are of Pelosi. But among voters not affiliated with either major party, 46% trust Pelosi more versus 41% who feel that way about the president.

Fifty percent (50%) of all voters believe that what’s best for the country is more important to Trump when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus. Forty-four percent (44%) say he’s more concerned with what’s best for the Republican Party.

By comparison, 47% say what’s best for the country is more important to Pelosi when it comes to the coronavirus, but just as many (46%) think she’s more concerned with what’s best for the Democratic Party.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted April 20-21, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Most Democrats blame Trump, not China, for the coronavirus crisis the country is now experiencing. Other voters disagree.

Men and those 40 and over trust Trump more when it comes to handling the coronavirus crisis. Women and younger voters trust Pelosi more.

Fifty percent (50%) of whites trust Trump more, compared to only 22% of blacks and 40% of other minority voters.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans think Trump puts the country first when it comes to dealing with COVID-19. Seventy percent (70%) of Democrats say the same of the House speaker. Unaffiliated voters tend to think both put their political party first.

Ninety-nine percent (99%) of voters who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing trust him more when it comes to handling the coronavirus. Among voters who Strongly Disapprove of the president’s job performance, 85% trust Pelosi more, but 14% are undecided.

With partisan politics influencing most everything in the Trump era, it’s perhaps no surprise that most Democrats are even unwilling to take a potentially life-saving drug to combat coronavirus because the president endorsed it.

Democrats remain highly critical of how the government is handling the coronavirus crisis and think a new House oversight committee will make things better. Republicans see more politics ahead.

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