Washington Post analyst Greg Sargent noted a survey on President Donald Trump’s favorability among Americans in April, which found that Trump’s support base has declined significantly since March.
Trump’s favorability rating has dropped seven points since four weeks ago — a 43 percent rating compared to the 49 percent support in mid-March, the highest rating he received since 2015.
Although in March Trump benefited from the “rally around the flag” effect as the leader during the pandemic, as total numbers of COVID-19 cases skyrocketed in the U.S., confidence in him faded.
PRRI found that while his relative favorability among parties, religious groups, races and genders, and education levels have not changed drastically since four weeks ago, Trump’s support base saw a serious decline.
“The decline was not uniform across demographics, and the largest declines were among some of Trump’s key base groups. These include white Christian groups, specifically white mainline Protestants (-18 percentage points), white Catholics (-12 percentage points), and white evangelical Protestants (-11 percentage points),” the analysis read.
“Large declines are also evident among those living in battleground states (-15 percentage points), those age 65 and over (-14 percentage points), white Americans without a college degree (-12 percentage points), and white women (-9 percentage points).”
And in the age groups, seniors’ support for Trump declined significantly from 56 percent in March to 42 percent in April. People of age 65 or higher are at higher risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.
The surveys were conducted in English and Spanish between April 21 and April 26 among a random sample of 1,008 adults 18 years of age or older who live in the U.S. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 3.5 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence.