Newsmax reports the number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump rose by 5 percentage points over the past week, but registered voters still favored Democrat Joe Biden for president by a small margin, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
The poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday, also showed that the public is paying closer attention to the candidates’ views on the coronavirus outbreak than to what they are saying about the economy, healthcare or immigration. And more people think Biden is better suited to guide the country through the crisis.
Overall, 45% of adults in the United States said they approved of Trump’s job performance, while 48% said they approved of the way he has responded to COVID-19, up 5 and 6 points, respectively, from a similar poll that ran last week. Trump’s approval numbers have been up and down over the past few weeks, however, and it is not yet clear if the public is truly rallying around the president.
Meanwhile, 45% of registered voters said they would back Biden in the Nov. 3 election, while 40% said they would vote for Trump. Biden has maintained a small advantage in support among registered voters over the last four weeks.
The poll was conducted with most Americans forced indoors to protect themselves from the coronavirus that has infected more than 600,000 people in the United States and killed more than 25,000.