Still trying to find some topics that have little or nothing to do with the Chinese coronavirus, but it is getting harder and harder to do so as time goes by. However, I feel it is at least somewhat necessary to talk about the topic of Trump’s approval ratings here, largely because his rise in mainstream media polls is due to what he has done with responding to the virus.
A number of MSM polls had the President rising in approval, and Pew Research Center has him at a three-year high. For those counting at home, that means the highest approval of his presidency.
According to Pew: “Opinions about how President Donald Trump is handling the crisis are less positive, and more divided by partisanship. Nearly half of adults (48%) say Trump is doing an excellent or good job responding to the outbreak; an overwhelming majority of Republicans (83%) express positive views, compared with just 18% of Democrats.”
“However, Trump’s overall job rating is higher than it has been since the first few months of his presidency. Currently, 45% approve of the way he is handling his job as president, while 52% disapprove. In January, 40% approved of Trump’s job performance.”
“Since then, Trump’s job approval has increased significantly among a number of groups, including members of both parties, women (from 37% in January to 44% today), black adults (from 8% to 18%) and Hispanic adults (from 27% to 37%).”
The biggest reason for these upticks in his approval seems to stem from what the Democrats and many in the media claimed was a “xenophobic overreaction”: restricting travel to and from the U.S., specifically restricting travel from China and, once Italy and much of Europe showed to be in the uptrend in terms of infections, expanding the restrictions to Europe.
If you remember, former Vice President Joe Biden said of the travel restrictions on China, that it’s “hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia”. Chuck Schumer had also said in a now-deleted tweet (because of course he would delete it) that the restrictions were just Trump being a “xenophobe” and overreacting.
Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the Pew Research poll, shall we? According to Pew, 96% of Republicans approve of restricting international travel to the U.S. 94% of DEMOCRATS also approve, so a total of 95% of people in the survey say that travel restrictions are good.
95% of Democrats said canceling major sports and entertainment events was a good idea, with 87% of Republicans agreeing. 94% of Democrats approved of closing K-12 schools with 85% of Republicans agreeing which is actually pretty surprising to me.
We all know that government (public) schools are centers of indoctrination, not education, so to see FAR more Democrats agreeing to canceling school than Republicans is rather astounding to me.
But moving on, 92% of Democrats agreed with asking people to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10, with 82% of Republicans agreeing. 91% of Democrats agreed with limiting restaurants to carry-out only, with 78% of Republicans agreeing. 81% of Democrats agreed with requiring most businesses other than grocery stores and pharmacies to close, with 61% of Republicans agreeing, which is not particularly surprising to me. The well-being of businesses and the economy tends to be more of a Republican issue and many of us would argue that it is not outright necessary to close pretty much everything for everyone (as I’ve already explained in previous articles).
Finally, when it comes to postponing state primary elections, 73% of Democrats agreed with doing so, while only 66% of Republicans agreed.
Of course, the most important and noteworthy portion of that poll was that incredible consensus regarding imposing travel restrictions. Again, Democrats and people in the media lambasted Trump for imposing those restrictions, first to China and then to Europe when the necessity arose, and just about everyone in that survey, be they Republican or Democrat, agreed with Trump’s plan to restrict travel.
It wasn’t a “xenophobic overreaction” to restrict travel during a global virus pandemic (or what could turn into one, as that was the sentiment at the time). The reason for restricting travel to and from China was due to their woeful attempt at limiting the spread, lying to everyone about it and keeping outside help from coming in. China set the world on fire with the virus and Trump knew he needed to do something.
Keep in mind that the travel restrictions were imposed in January. While the Democrats were running a sham impeachment and removal trial that was entirely partisan and based on nothing, President Trump established the Coronavirus Task Force and kept an eye out on both Iran (back when Soleimani was the big story) and Wuhan. While the Democrats were twiddling their thumbs, Trump took early, precautionary action. Action that no one can honestly say was “downplaying” the virus (again, the Democrats and the media were the ones downplaying it by that point).
As I’ve said time and time again, Trump was the first one in Washington taking the virus seriously. And this early action, coupled with the actions he is currently taking, are painting him in a better light in the minds of the people the MSM chooses to survey.
It’s important to keep all of this in mind, especially considering what Joe Biden said at the time of Trump applying the travel restrictions. When the Democrats were busy trying to impeach and remove the duly-elected president, and while they were crying “racist” at the travel restrictions, Trump was busy making sure that the country did not suffer greatly from the virus. And while we are currently in the situation we are in anyway, there’s no doubt in my mind that if Hillary had been president right now (as many on the Left had been fantasizing particularly for the past couple of months), she would not have put in place the travel restrictions and wouldn’t have taken the same early steps in fighting the virus (also, the economy would be in total shambles).
This will be important come November and it will be something the Left cannot take away from Trump, as there is clear evidence of them siding against Trump’s travel restrictions.
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