By Gregory A. The decline comes as recommendations for social distancing in the United States stretch into a third month and Americans overall express waning confidence in how the president and public health officials are handling the crisis.
No other religious group comes close to evaluating the president so positively. Even so, the share of white evangelicals who give Trump positive marks for his handling of the crisis is 6 percentage points lower today than when the question was last asked in a survey conducted March 19 to This analysis explores U. We surveyed 10, U.
This way nearly all U. The survey is weighted to be representative of the U. White evangelical Protestants are a strongly Republican constituency, and their declining confidence in the president mirrors a slight decrease among Republicans overall.
One-third of the country approves of the president's oversight of the pandemic. In the last month, Trump's approval dipped to a range between the high 30s and low 40s, as the U.
The new survey also asked Americans about another widely debated issue: restrictions on public activity. Some stay-at-home orders that were imposed by states in March and April were just starting to be eased when the survey was conducted though public health officials have since warned about the risks of lifting restrictions too soon.
These findings are similar to those from early April, though views have become somewhat more divided along partisan and ideological lines over the last month. White evangelicals are more inclined than other religious groups to say their bigger concern is that restrictions will not be lifted quickly enough — as opposed to lifted too quickly — and that there should be fewer restrictions in their local area than are currently in place.
Although respondents were not asked their rating of dealing centers about restrictions on religious activity specifically, limits on services held by houses of worship have been a contentious topic during the outbreak. Here is a detailed table of results.
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