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Gallup Poll Shows Majority Disapprove of Media Handling of Response to Coronavirus

by Paul Goldberg

A recent Gallup poll shows the news media having the highest disapproval rating in their handling to the response to Coronavirus out of the listed options.

U.S. hospitals had the best rating with 88% approval vs. 10% disapproval.

President Trump had 60% approval vs. 38% disapproval.

The news media had a stunningly low 44% approval vs. 55% disapproval.

Per Gallup, these data are from a March 13-22 Gallup poll, with the field period starting on the same day President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, and spanning sharp increases in the number of documented cases in the U.S., as well as the number of deaths.

About four in five Americans approve of the way their state government and government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health are handling the coronavirus outbreak. Similarly, 83% of parents of children younger than 18 rate their children’s school or daycare positively for its handling of the situation. And 82% of U.S. workers rate their employer’s response positively.

Meanwhile, about six in 10 U.S. adults approve of the response by their elected leaders in Washington: President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the U.S. Congress as a whole.

Trump’s 60% approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus is higher than his 49% overall job rating, meaning that a substantial percentage of Americans approve of his handling of the current health crisis while disapproving of his performance more generally.

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