How americans feel about the virus and its effect on trump’s approval ratings

By Dorian Frampton, Editor

Ever since earlier this year COVID-19 has affected how we live out our every day lives, either by choice or by result of the changing society we are living in today. It is no question that you could walk down any street in a diverse town and ask people what they think about the current pandemic we are in, and get many differing answers. We all know somebody who feels threatened by the virus and will take every precaution to avoid coming in contact with it. You probably also know someone who feels indignant about how the United States is handling the current situation. The point is, that many people have had different reactions to the Corona Virus pandemic, and we are here to see exactly by how much these feelings differ.

Ever since the beginning of the outbreak in the US began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been conducting surveys on just how concerned Americans are about the current pandemic, and how these feelings have affected their political views.

The next couple graphs shows how the concern levels of Americans have changed over the course of the pandemic. The first graph addresses the concern levels that Americans have about contracting the disease themselves, or someone close to them contracting the disease.

From the graph above we can see that ever since the first COVID-19 related death was reported in the US, the percentage of Americans who were very or somewhat concerned about themselves or someone close to them contracting the disease increased at a significant rate. Opposite can be said for those Americans who said they were not at all or not very concerned, as we can see a decline in percentage of Americans who felt that they were not concerned about contracting the disease, either themselves or someone close to them.

Similar trends can be said for how these American felt about the economy during the pandemic. The graph shows a large increase percentage of Americans who were very concerned about the state of the economy during the pandemic. We can see that all three other categories slightly declined in percentage, which means that many of these Americans who previously were not very concerned about the state of the economy, now are and were ever since the first reported COVID-19 related death was reported in the US.

The next graph shows how Trump’s approval ratings have change as a result of how he has handled the current pandemic.

From the graph we can see a sharp spike in Trump’s disapproval ratings around the time that the first US COVID-19 related death was reported. As time goes on and the pandemic continues to change the lives of many, an ever growing gap between those who approve and disapprove of how Trump has handled the situation grows.

I hoped you enjoyed reading through my first ever blog post. Please leave a comment and share!

Data: https://github.com/fivethirtyeight/covid-19-polls

Reference: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/coronavirus-polls/


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